Ranking the 10 greatest pitchers in Blue Jays history

DUNEDIN, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Pitcher Roy Halladay
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL – APRIL 23: Starting pitcher Roy Halladay #32 of the Toronto Blue Jays pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the game on April 23, 2008 at Champions Stadium in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images) /

1. Roy Halladay

The best pitcher in Blue Jays history is Roy Halladay. As I stated before, it was between Halladay and Stieb for this number one spot and I went with Halladay for a couple of different reasons. First, Halladay won a Cy Young Award while playing for the Blue Jays. Second, Halladay is in the Hall of Fame while Stieb is on the outside looking in. Third, I believe Halladay had a better peak.

Either way, it’s neck and neck. Halladay struck out more batters because of the era he played in, while Stieb threw more innings than Halladay because of the era he played in. Stieb struck out a decent amount of hitters for his era, while Halladay led the league in innings pitched three times even if he didn’t throw quite as many as Stieb did some years.

In the 2000s Roy Halladay was one of, if not the best pitcher in the game. He was consistently dominant for some Jays teams that were not very good at all. From 2002-2009 Halladay won a Cy Young, finished in the top five four other times, and made six All-Star teams. In 2003, Halladay went 22-7 with a 3.25 ERA in 36 starts. He led the league in wins, starts, and his 266 innings pitched led the league as well. That was the year he won the Cy Young award. The best stat from that season was the fact that he walked just 1.1/9. From 2002-2009 Halladay walked over 2.0/9 just once.

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From 2002-2009 Halladay led the American League in ERA and fWAR. He won the one Cy Young Award with the Jays, but probably should’ve won at least one more. In his prime, he had a great argument for the best pitcher in baseball.

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While Stieb is the leader in bWAR, Halladay is second. Halladay is also the franchise’s leader in fWAR. Halladay is in the top three in pretty much every relevant pitching stat, often behind Stieb because he didn’t throw as many innings. Halladay is the most dominant pitcher the Jays have ever had and in my opinion the best pitcher in Jays history.