Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay (born May 14, 1977 in Denver, Colorado), or "Doc" Halladay, is a Major League Baseball starting pitcher. Halladay has played for the Toronto Blue Jays since 1998 and was the team's first draft selection (17th overall) in the 1995 MLB First Year Draft. He bats and throws right-handed.
Halladay had his best seasons in 2002, when he made the All-Star team, and posted a 19-7 record with 168 strikeouts and a 2.93 ERA, and 2003, when he won the AL Cy Young Award with a 22-7 record, 204 strikeouts and a 3.25 ERA. In 2003, he also led the AL in innings pitched (266.0) and tied for the AL lead in complete games (nine). In 2004, he went 8-8.
Halladay's pitches include a good fastball, one of the best curveballs in the league, and a split-finger fastball. He usually posts a good strikeout-to-walk ratio and is a ground ball pitcher. Halladay is out for the rest of the 2005 season when Kevin Mench hit a ground ball at his leg. With this injury occuring just days before the All-Star Game, Halladay was forced to miss the game in which he was slated to start for the American League.
Against the Detroit Tigers on September 27, 1998, Halladay came within one out of becoming the first pitcher to hurl a no-hitter on the final day of the regular season since Mike Witt's perfect game in 1984; the bid was broken up by Bobby Higginson. Halladay also pitched the first extra-inning shutout in the major leagues since Jack Morris in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, leading the Jays over the Tigers on Sept. 6, 2003. He pitched 10 innings and hadn't allowed a hit until Kevin Witt doubled with two outs in the bottom of the 8th.
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