Doc Halladay is Good
I imagine my shocking and controversial headline will incite some rage and perhaps some skepticism…
I usually meander on about this ratio, pitch selection, etc etc. With Doc we don’t have to do this. And to be fair it’s a bit of a pain in the ass (since he’s got about five plus pitches). Perhaps that’s why Halladay hasn’t caught on with the mainstream media (minus the T-Dot factor). It’s easy to root for a power pitcher (Randy Johnson back in the day) or someone with a plus-plus offering (Santana’s change). Doc can almost make a fan feel stupid at times, throwing this pitch and that pitch at any time, with varying locations and velocities.
After last nights win Halladay jumped into tenth all-time in winning percentage! Sabermetric whores will come out of the woodworks and proclaim this and that about wins but they do have their place. With the win Halladay passed Smokey Joe Wood, the great pitcher/hitter from the early 1900’s (an injury forced him to switch over to the OF after the age of 25. In 1912 he went an unbelievable 34-5).
Up next on the all-time winning percentage list? Arguably the greatest lefthanded pitcher of all-time, Lefty Grove. And that’s some pretty nice company for Halladay to be in.