Roy Halladay would like you to wait before voting for Cy Young

Not that anyone would ever jump the gun around here, but can someone call the Cy Young engraver and tell him to suspend the Zack Greinke(notes) order?

Oh, he can hold onto it for safekeeping.

And if he's already finished with the 'Z' and 'A'?

Well, tell him not to worry just yet. Greinke, after all, is 8-1 with a 1.10 ERA, 88 strikeouts, 12 walks and a 0.90 WHIP. He should be a 1-5 favorite to win the thing and his grip on the best pitcher in baseball tag is nice and tight.

But that doesn't mean Roy Halladay(notes) isn't waiting just around the corner, ready to politely pick it up should Kansas City's Grinch falter in any way.

Toronto's ace and chief hostage negotiator hasn't been as lock-'em-up and shut-'em-down as Greinke this season — he's given up four or more runs during four starts this season, compared to ZG's total of zero — but if you want the living and breathing example of a rotation leader all you need to do is look at Halladay's bulging neck veins in the picture above.

Or if you're an empirical sort, just look at his performance in his win over the Angels on Tuesday night, which Torii Hunter(notes) described as Doc performing "surgery." Despite giving up four runs in the top of the seventh, Halladay was a workhorse, striking out 14 Angels batters while battling through 133 pitches for a complete game victory the Blue Jays sure needed.

Harry Leroy Halladay has a league-leading nine victories and has pitched 50 innings since May 1, going 5-2 with a 2.13 ERA. Over that span, he's recorded 50 strikeouts and only issued eight walks. For a team that has worked its way into expectations of being a division contender in the AL East (but might not have the arms to do it), Halladay is the nicest constant to rely upon every five days.

Now, do I think Halladay will add a mate to the Cy Young he won in 2003? Nope, not as long as Greinke keeps putting up historic numbers with the unreal command he's showing.

But if the gap between their digits narrows? Well, then you'd have to consider the AL East opponents Halladay regularly faces (something the voters didn't do in '08) and we'd be in for a fantastic fall debate between two deserving candidates.

And even if Greinke's stats don't dip, we still have the pleasure of watching the Doc reporting for duty on a regular basis. For a long time, that's been a very special thing.

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