Cocks in the Hen House: 05.05.2010


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By Chris Jones (@LONG_DRIVE)

It was a rhetorical question, Johan…

Back in spring training Roy Halladay was asked about his place amongst the pitchers in the NL East when interviewed by The Sporting News. Now, Roy could have spoke of his awesomeness and how much better he is than the rest, but he took the humble route:

“I’d never vote for myself,” Halladay, 32, told the magazine when asked whether he was the best pitcher in the NL East.

He said New York Mets lefthander Johan Santana”has always been fun to watch. The way Cole pitched in the playoffs a couple of years ago and at times last year, I think he’s up there. Some of the Marlins’ younger guys are scary – Josh Johnson. There’s a lot of talent.”

See? He even threw out the name of a Marlins pitcher. No one cares about the Marlins. Days later Johan was asked the same question. His idiotic response:

Santana.

So I gave my opinion of this when it first happened. I KNEW Roy was and is better. I KNEW that in the end Roy would have the better year. What I didn’t know is what a laugher Roy would make this competition so early on.

As of today Roy Halladay has already accrued a 1.9 WAR (Wins Above Replacement) where as Blohan is sitting at a hot 0.4 WAR. Roy has a slim 1.47 ERA as Santana has a bloated 4.50 ERA (Thanks to our Fightins). Roy is on pace to total a 10+ WAR season and Johan will be lucky to hit 2.5+ WAR. This silent competition is pretty much over with. Yes, I know it’s all been 6 starts for each. Yes, I know a lot can happen between now and the end of the season. But do you really see this ending well for Johan and the Mets? I certainly don’t.

The moral of this story children is when asked a question where you can easily flatter yourself, don’t act like Santana. Confidence is one thing, blind stupidity is another and Johan falls somewhere between the two.

LOL Mets.

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Chris is a writer for The Fightins and Long Drive and he can be found on Twitter here.

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2 Responses

  1. Aside from being a shitty baseball team, these Mets are not very good at trash talking. Last I checked though, they still lead the league in 11 minute borderline homo-erotic handshakes. *slap-slap-slap-twist-slap-slap-squirt*

  2. Most fun I have had at a regular season game was probably that trouncing of Johan on Sunday night.

    Looking forward to seeing Roy pitch at some point!

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