We know Roy Halladay is good and without question he is the ace of aces on the Phillies pitching staff. Following a 2010 Cy Young Award winning season in his first year in red pinstripes Halladay went out and had another Cy Young-worthy season (finishing second to Clayton Kershaw), with a higher win percentage (but two fewer actual wins), shaving eleven points off his ERA, leading the league in complete games (eight), allowing fewer hits and less than half as many home runs.
And yet for some reason, as good as he was, it seemed like he had to work a little harder last year to put up those numbers. We may be nit-picking here, and finding a flaw in Halladay's game is like finding the lost ark, but take a look at a couple of the deeper numbers that stat heads will sometimes refer to. Halladay increased (albeit marginally) in walks per nine innings (BB/9) from 1.08 to 1.35 and opposing batters hit .298 on balls in play (BABIP), up eight points from 2010. One thing that was somewhat noticeable for Halladay in 2011 was how hitters attacked him early in the game, and early in the count.