Dr33 - You know I admittedly go a bit nuts with the advanced stats, but its always kinda fun to compare the true dominance of 2 pitchers' starts in that light. Its not to take a way from either pitcher's start; like you said, both pitched with their 'A' game and had no chance of being beaten. Its just cool to glance it once in awhile when you have performances like the ones Halladay and Lincecum just had. If you prefer to just say "both pitched amazingly well, and that's that" that's fine, but me being a stat-nut, I always like to check out and compare things like WPA, Game score, etc.
If you see one of my posts from the other day, I did say 1 thing that the advanced stats might not fully agree with me on, and that's Roy Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball.
I was going to allude to your last point. The thing with GS and others is strikeouts are a giant part of it. After all, they say a pitcher can control strikeouts, walks, and home runs. Nothing else. But from watching Doc for so many years, he doesn't want to strike batters out. He wants weak ground outs and to throw the fewest pitches possible. In the last few years, he started getting a lot more strikeouts. It might be just him fooling some batters with his new pitches than getting them out with his cutter.
But back to my point, watching the Reds-Phillies games. Even if the Ks didn't reach 14 or even 10, one thing was for sure. No one could hit him hard. He threw 25 first pitch strikes facing 28 batters. He absolutely pounded the strike zone and the Reds just couldn't hit it. In the 8th and 9th, he threw 17 pitches combined. In the 9th, weak pop up to 2nd followed by weak popup to the 3rd baseman in foul ground, and finally, a very weak tapper to the catcher. That's what it was about. There was one hard hit ball the entire game. And like one writer pointed out, it was to the one player that Halladay couldn't have ever predicted he would face, Travis Wood.
I understand there are chances for errors and when you strike out someone there isn't. But this is the MLB. You got to just trust your guys that they can make routine plays. And in that game, they were all very routine.
Edit: Just want to add. Lincecum definitely has filthier stuff. 30 swinging strikes is downright insane. They are two very different pitchers and are both too fun to watch.
Edited by devilsrule33, 08 October 2010 - 01:36 PM.