Rarely does a pitcher live up to the hype. Rarely does a front runner maintain his lead throughout a marathon without anyone even coming close.
Pitching is too volatile and the pressure can be too much for anyone to accurately predict how well the Stephen Strausburg's (aka young phenom hurlers) of the world will perform over the course of 162 game season. Consider the detriment a tiny blister can have on a single outing or how a poor bullpen can cost a starter a win even if he pitched seven quality innings.
Keeping all of that in mind and looking back on how people pegged Roy Halladay for his second Cy Young before the year began, all of his stats seem more impressive. 21 wins, 2.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 250 innings, and 219 k's (career high).
Halladay is a rare athlete who has accomplished a feat that no one ever has (regular season perfect game and post season no-hitter) and that is why he was unanimously named the 2010 NL Cy Young--the second Cy of his career.
Delving deeper into the numbers:
Doc had more wins and a better ERA than the NL winners of the award over the past seven years, the Phillies now have seven Cy Young awards, he is the fifth pitcher to win the award in both the NL and AL, and he is the sixth unanimous winner in the last decade.
The Phillies may have Halladay for four more seasons.