Thursday October 21, 2010
2010 BBA Walter Johnson NL Pitcher of the Year Award Award
This award was a no brainer for me.
Roy “Doc” Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies in a landslide.
Even before his no hitter in playoffs he has been dominant for the Phillies this season.
Halladay racked up an NL Leading 21 wins, with 9 of his 33 starts resulting in complete games. Only three TEAMS other than the Phillies had more complete games thrown. He also had a MLB leading 4 shutouts.
His 2.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 219 SO were 2nd best among NL pitchers with 30 starts (2nd in ERA to the Cardinals Adam Wainwright, in WHIP to teammate Roy Oswalt, and in SO to the Giant’s Tim Lincecum). And he walked the fewest batters per 9 innings at an astounding 1.08 BB/9. That is nearly HALF as many as the next nearest player at 2.04.
In the advanced stats he led the NL in xFIP (a fielding independent pitching stat) with a 2.92! His WAR (Wins Above Replacement) was an unconscious 6.6!
In a word Halladay was DOMINANT! No one else even came close.
Since they ask me to give both a 2nd and third place finisher, I will list the two unlucky saps who finished behind Halladay. Let me start by saying that I dont even consider pitchers with less than 30 starts.
2nd – Adam Wainwright – He faded down the stretch but still managed 20 wins and a 2.42 ERA as well as a 6.1 WAR and 3.15 xFIP. A VERY nice season. Just no where near as dominant as Halladay
3rd – Mat Latos – On the basis of his MLB record 15 games with 2 runs or less given up and 3.36 xFIP.