From Last Night:
- Darvish K’s 14 Red Sox as the Rangers win in the bottom of the 9th
- The Marlins shell Halladay and get a clean outing from Slowey in a 14-2 win
- Garcia goes 8 and allows 1 run in front of a huge offensive outburst for the Cards
- Gordon’s walk-off single leads the Royals over the White Sox
What I’m Watching Today:
- Sale and Shields duel in KC (2p Eastern)
- Buchholz welcomes the Twins to town in search of his 7th win (7p Eastern)
- Lefties Lee and Bumgarner face off on the left coast (10p Eastern)
The Big Question:
- Is this the end for Doc?
When the season began, I left Roy Halladay off my list of The Nine best NL starters for 2013, but did so with great reservations. Sure Halladay was coming of a rough, injury plagued 2012, but the guy was easily the best and most consistent pitcher of the previous ten seasons, so I didn’t want to write him off too quickly. He opened the season with two rough outings against the Braves and Mets, but then got back on track for three against the Marlins, Cardinals, and Pirates before blowing a gasket against the Indians and Marlins. After the most recent start, he finally admitted to shoulder pain and will see Dr. Yocum this week. He’s likely headed for the DL and will likely never be the brilliant ace he once was. From 2002-2011, Halladay was the best pitcher in the sport and it wasn’t close. Not even a little bit. His 60.9 WAR during the time frame was first ahead of Sabathia by 9.6 WAR despite making 19 fewer starts. Only one starter with more than 1000 IP in the same time frame had a lower ERA: Johan Santana and he threw 400 fewer innings. As of now, he’s 33rd all time in pitcher WAR. He doesn’t have some of the counting stats one likes to see to make the Hall of Fame, but his peak is extremely solid. He has my vote if he never throws another pitch, and it’s not entirely certain that he ever will.