Roy Halladay has not had the smoothest of spring trainings in Florida. He’s been hit around. He’s been sick. He’s struggled against minor leaguers in an effort to get ready for 2013.
However, if Halladay can flip some sort of switch and suddenly be ready for the season, there is a milestone in his sights: career win No. 200.
With the way baseball has transformed over the years, 200 wins may be the new 300 in baseball. The way pitcher wins are looked at has certainly changed over the years as well. Felix Hernandez won a Cy Young a few years ago with a 13-12 record, something not many ever envisioned could have happened just a decade ago.
That said, looking further inside the statistics has thankfully become more important to award voters recently, the way it should be.
However, 200 wins is nothing to scoff at. Halladay is currently second amongst active players in wins with 199 (Andy Pettitte is first at 245), with Tim Hudson sitting at 197 and C.C. Sabathia at 191.
Therefore, if all goes well in 2013, there will be three pitchers hitting the 200 mark this season. For Halladay, he is more concerned about pitching quality games than worrying about what records he breaks, so hitting 200 wins probably doesn’t really mean all that much to the right-hander.
It is a great time to step back and reflect on what the guy has been able to do in his career, though. Getting to 200 wins is no easy task, but Halladay hopes he can climb the charts a bit more before all is said and done.