Halladay honored for perfect month

Halladay honored for perfect month

Who in their right mind pitches 10 innings in a game these days? They call him Doc Halladay for a reason -- he's a gambler with his high-stakes performances, a gunfighter with his nasty pitches.

Roy Halladay earned the American League Pitcher of the Month for his spotless record and mounting strikeouts on the mound. In six April starts, he finished with a 4-0 record and a 2.28 ERA, striking out 33 in 47 1/3 innings.

The 30-year-old right-hander pitched two complete games, including that 10-inning performance against the Tigers on April 13. A couple of weeks later, Halladay fanned 10 in a winning effort against the Red Sox in Boston.

"He's a security blanket," said Blue Jays manager John Gibbons. "Very rarely does he get knocked around. He gives you a chance to win and you usually do win. He saves bullpens, he continues winning streaks, stops losing streaks and that's how you get things going."

The games Halladay has pitched in over the last five seasons have an average time of two hours and 37 minutes for a nine-inning game. He likes to work quick, owning the second fastest time of any Major League pitcher.

Halladay is fully aware of his pacing of games.

"I feel like I can stay in a rhythm a little bit better, and it's easier to stay aggressive when I'm working quickly," he said. "I'm always conscious of tempo and trying to keep [pitching] at a quick pace. If things aren't going good and I need to step off and gather myself a little bit, then I need to do that. When things are going good and you're getting ahead, then I like working quick."

The four-time All-Star and 2003 Cy Young winner will take this award home for the third time in his career.

Just like New York Mets pitcher John Maine -- who won the award in the National League -- Sharp will award Halladay with a Sharp AQUOS full HD LCD-TV and give him one more trophy to place on his mantle.

"He's like all of the great ones that have pitched in this game," Gibbons said. "You give them a little lead, they smell it, they turn it on, and it makes them that much tougher. It's tough to come back against that, I don't care how good your offense is."

Caleb Breakey is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.