Jack Lynch has nothing on Roy Halladay

April 30, 2008 at 8:36 am 7 comments

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All Roy Halladay seems to do nowadays is throw complete games. He has now thrown four complete games in a row. That is unheard of in today’s game. It’s been almost 5 years since it was last done back in 2003 by none other than Roy Halladay. This guy is unbelievable! In his first two starts of the season he went 7 and 8 innings respectively. The guy is best compared to a modern day Jack Lynch but even better!

Who is Jack Lynch you ask? Jack Lynch holds the record for most complete games in a row with 197 dating from 1881-1890. Lynch ended up with 215 complete games in 217 career starts according to baseball-reference.com. That was a different time. Soft throwers could go the full nine with ease. Only 8 of those complete games were shutouts and his career ERA was below league average.

In Lynch’s day there were 2-man rotations and the league leaders in games pitched were the starters not the relievers. The average starter in this day would complete roughly 80-90% of his games making Lynch just above league average. Also in this time the league leader in at-bats would be lucky to reach 475. Pitchers were reaching 300 at-bats on a regular basis. That just shows you how much pitchers played and how different the game was back then.

Flash forward to now. Roy Halladay has completed 35 of his 228 career starts, roughly 15.35% of his starts go the distance. From 1998-2008 (Halladya’s carrer span) there have been 2009 complete games in 49394 games started for a complete game percentage of 4.07%. Basically Roy Halladay has a complete game percentage since he got into the league 4 times that of the league average and he has done it while playing in the AL East his entire career. That is a number Jack Lynch can’t touch. The only player with a higher percentage in that same span is future hall-of-famer Randy Johnson at 16.99%.

Another neat feat that I wanted to bring up is that Halladay has also pitched two 10-inning complete games in his career, a mark not touched by anyone in today’s game. Mark Mulder is the only other one that I can think of that has even done it once among active pitchers. Halladay is also 10th on the active list in complete games and the only one on that list under the age of 33.

So you ask how special is Roy Halladay and I tell you he is in a league of his own.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  April 30, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    Roy Halladay needs to get out of Toronto and fast… His arm is going to fall off with the amount of innings he’s been throwing. I can understand resting your bullpen but Damn! It is only April… I like Halladay… he’s a special pitcher but Gibbons is going to regret pitching him this much this soon.

  • 2. tampabaysportsblog.com  |  April 30, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Roy Halladay is a man among boys! There are few guys in the game who does what he does and even fewer managers who let them. Props to the old school baby!

  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  April 30, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    Gibbons is an awful manager. The man intentionally walked Tony Pena Jr. for crying out loud! Tony Frickin’ Pena! But I think Halladay has the body and the arm to withstand these innings. I;m with blog on this one. Old school baby!

  • 4. Charlie Nehl  |  May 1, 2008 at 10:35 am

    I would in no way cry if Roy Halladay made his way over to the Cubs.

    He’s a monster. I think if his body holds up he’ll be able to throw all these innings. He’s your 100% definition of a pure competitor.

  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 1, 2008 at 10:51 am

    I asked Keith Law about his workload and he said because the pitch counts are so low it’s not a concern. Good point.

  • 6. Adam  |  May 1, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Halladay’s great, I actually felt bad for him after watching Wells blow it the other night. He looked really upset, and nobody would blame him. And then we do it again to them the next night. Yikes.

  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  May 1, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Those poor Jays pitchers. What’s worse with that organization is John Gibbons. The fact that he walked Tony Pena Jr. intentionally (he had 1 walk on the season) proves how bad he is. I would’ve fired him on the spot!


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