TTB staffer Christian Hetrick also operates “Taking the Ride.” Here is his newest piece on Roy Halladay:
Roy Halladay is one rich dude. He makes $60 million over three years through 2013 and has a vesting option for another $20 million in 2014. But the way he has been pitching since joining the Phillies, it still feels like the man is under paid.
Halladay, arguably the game’s best pitcher, has found a way to exceed the high expectations Phillies fans had for him when he was traded to Philadelphia before last season. As a Phillies fan, I can say the fan base expected a lot out of the ace, but could Phillies’ fans have possibly expected this much out of Doc already?
Halladay is not even half way through his second season in Philadelphia, and he has already given the Phils 31 wins, 14 complete games, one perfect game, one playoff no-hitter, and one Cy Young Award. His 31 victories in his first 50 starts with the Phillies makes him only the sixth pitcher to record that many wins over his first 50 starts with a new team. This year Halladay has already reached ten wins, and has done it in one fewer start than last year. His three losses this year are four fewer than he had this time last year. Halladay’s four strike-outs in Sunday’s complete game victory over the Athletics, gives him 123 on the year, second most in the National League.