Lee, Halladay really performed equally well
November, 13, 2008
Our old friend Richard Griffin previews today's big announcement
The '08 AL Cy Young results are announced today and Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay deserves to win
but won't. Instead, Halladay's solid 20-11 record and 2.81 ERA will duke it out for second place with Angels reliever Francisco (K-Rod) Rodriguez and Daisuke (Dice-K) Matsuzaka, behind winner Cliff Lee of the Indians.
It may not seem fair to those that watched him stroll to the mound 33 times, but luckily Halladay already won a Cy back in '03. Otherwise he might feel slighted given the understated, underappreciated, deserving performance he contributed this season.
Doc has problems in personal presentation, but he doesn't care. The low-key Jays righthander doesn't have the flashy nickname, the flamboyant quotes or automatic national media exposure in the States that tends to attract the voters' attention. Halladay has the type of on- and off-field, first-hand pitching personality that needs to be seen to be appreciated. He gets Cy Young votes the old-fashioned way.
He earns them.