Players of the night
Roy Halladay - Blue Jays
CG, 0 ER, 6 K
It seems like every year baseball fans are ready to anoint the title of "best pitcher in the game" to a new guy. Maybe we should all calm down and try to appreciate how consistently great Harry LeRoy Halladay has been the last few years in Toronto.
Halladay was dazzling last night at home against Kansas City, which has pretty much been par for the course for him this season. He leads the majors in wins with 10 - the next closest guy sits at eight - and is fifth in the AL in ERA.
You have to wonder how long Halladay can continue to pitch at this rate. He's 32 and will hit the 2,000 innings mark later this year. He may not be a great bet for sustained success in keeper leagues, but for right now, there may not be a better pitcher alive than Halladay.
More, after the jump...
3B Chipper Jones - Braves
4-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, BB
You'll hear a bunch of talk in the next week or two about Stephen Strasburg, the San Diego State pitcher who'll be the first pick in this month's MLB Draft. Scouts are saying Strasburg is possibly the best pre-draft prospect of the decade. It wasn't long ago people were saying the same things about Chipper Jones. At 37, he continues to rake.
Jones is simply one of the best contact hitters of his era. What's shocking, though, is how good he continues to be. The homers have dropped some over the years, but his contact and plate patience remains as strong as ever.