Last September, I called Dave Stieb the greatest starting pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays history. Then, in early June, I wrote the gap was closing. Today, after much deliberation, it's my great privilege to declare Roy Halladay the greatest starting pitcher in Toronto Blue Jays history.
On Sunday, he went the distance in a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. In giving up six early hits, Halladay worked so efficiently he needed only 105 pitches to complete nine innings. He faced 33 batters but delivered just 27 balls, finding trouble only in the first when Dustin Pedroia reached first with a single that dribbled off Halladay's leg, then scored on a Kevin Youkilis double.
He's now 11-3 with a 2.73 ERA this season. He's also the greatest of all time.
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