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The Baseball Writers Association of America today made official what pretty much everyone’s known all year: Phillies ace Roy Halladay was the National League’s best pitcher in 2010. Doc won the Cy Young Award, the second of his career, on the strength of a superb season in which he went 21-10 with a 2.44 ERA, leading the NL in wins, complete games (9), shutouts (4), innings pitched (250.2) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.30).
In a very slight surprise, the vote was unanimous, with Halladay receiving all 32 first place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright placed second, with the Rockies Ubaldo Jimenez coming in third.
Roy Oswalt placed sixth, while Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels was not named on any of the BBWAA ballots.
In his first season with the Phillies after 11 with the Toronto Blue Jays, Halladay proved fully worth the package of talented prospects the Phils parted with to acquire him. He threw a perfect game against the Marlins in May, and fired a no-hitter in his first career playoff start against the Reds to spark the Phils’ three-game NLDS sweep. Halladay was an astonishing 14-1 in 15 starts against NL East opponents.
Halladay is the first Phillie to win the Cy Young since Steve Bedrosian in 1987. He joins Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Gaylord Perry as the only pitchers to win the award in both leagues; Halladay was the AL winner in 2003.
|Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies||32||224|
|Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals||28||3||1||122|
|Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies||4||19||8||1||90|
|Tim Hudson, Atlanta Braves||3||13||4||39|
|Josh Johnson, Florida Marlins||5||5||9||34|
|Roy Oswalt, Houston Astros/Philadelphia Phillies||1||3||5||14|
|Brian Wilson, San Francisco Giants||1||5||7|
|Heath Bell, San Diego Padres||1||1||4|
|Mat Latos, San Diego Padres||1||2||4|
|Brett Myers, Houston Astros||1||2|
|Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants||2||2|
|Bronson Arroyo, Cincinnati Reds||1||1|
|Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants||1||1|