You know what's surprising about Roy Halladay's Cy Young Award?
That it's only his second one.
Over the last five years, Halladay is 90-43 with a 2.96 ERA, with the most wins and most innings pitched of any big-league pitcher. His average season over that span -- not his best season, but his average season -- was 18-9, with 236 innings pitched and eight complete games.
He could have won the Cy Young in any of those years, and in fact finished in the top five in the voting in each of them. I'm not saying he deserved to win over CC Sabathia in 2007 or over Cliff Lee in 2008 or over Zack Greinke last year, but he had Cy Young-worthy seasons every year.
He had another one this year, one that was even a little better, one that included a perfect game and three other shutouts (not to mention a playoff no-hitter, which didn't figure in the Cy Young voting). By the end of the year, he was the obvious pick, which is why he was first on all 32 ballots (including mine).
It's no surprise that he won. No, I was a lot more surprised when I realized it was only the second time he won, and that it had been seven years since he won his other one, with the 2003 Blue Jays.
Halladay is never going to catch Roger Clemens, who holds the record with seven Cy Youngs, and that's fine. I don't imagine he's ever going to catch Randy Johnson, who won five of them, and that's fine, too.
But as good as Halladay has been over the last decade -- and you could easily argue that he's been the best pitcher in baseball over that span -- he deserves to be a multiple Cy Young winner.
And now he is.