As expected, Philadelphia Phillies starter Roy Halladay, he of the 21-10 record, the 2.44 ERA, the 219 strikeouts and the, oh yes, postseason no-hitter and regular season perfect game has won the National League Cy Young award. Roy ended Tim Lincecum's two-year reign of terror as titleholder and he even won unanimously!
Really, good work, voters! The man had a K/BB ratio of 7.3, almost twice that of the runner-up, Josh Johnson. He had nine complete games and four shutouts and averaged 7.6 innings per start. And for your traditionalists out there, Roy led the league with 21 wins despite pitching for a team that struggled so badly offensively in the middle of the season that a popular Phillies blogger went on a hunger strike. WHAT MORE DO YOU PEOPLE WANT.
But no matter, the guy can now lay claim to multiple CYAs, which is so much better than just one. Amirite, Bartolo Colon? Roy Halladay won his first Cy Young Award as a member of the 2003 Toronto Blue Jays. Over the next six seasons, Roy hovered near the pinnacle of American League pitching success, finishing in the top five of the voting four times, including his runner-up showing in 2008 to Cliff Lee.
Congrats to Roy on the big win.