Hall of Famer Old Hoss Radbourn led the National League with 73 complete games in 1884 and finished 489 of the 503 games he started over 11 pitching seasons with Providence, Boston and Cincinnati. Helpfully, though he left us in 1897, he's also mastered the art of tweeting from beyond the grave, including this as a heat wave took its toll on pitchers over the holiday weekend.
That was before Phillies ace Roy Halladay went the distance against the Braves, allowing just five hits en route to win No. 10 on the season. The win total leaves him four behind Ubaldo Jimenez, but no pitcher in baseball is in Halladay's class with seven complete games. In fact, only one team has more complete games than Halladay -- the Mariners.
So when sizing up the Cy Young race, are Halladay's complete games more impressive than Jimenez's wins?
excluding Jimenez, do you see Josh Johnson as the next best for the NL cy young?
It's a star-studded field in the NL. So by the end of the season, we might have eight pitchers in this argument. But as of this particular moment, yes. What a year he's had. Full transcript