These two extraordinary hurlers split the vote down the middle. Each are deserving, but for different reasons.
Roy Halladay seamlessly transitioned from the AL to the NL and has perhaps been even better with Philadelphia than he was with Toronto. Halladay's traditional numbers don't stand too far from the crowd, but he was excellent across the board; he led the league in complete games (8), ERA+ (164), BB/9 (1.3) and K/BB (6.3).
Los Angeles' young southpaw Clayton Kershaw led the NL in wins (21), ERA (2.28), strikeouts (248), WHIP (.977) and hits/9 (6.7). How crazy is it that we got to see two triple crown-winning pitchers in the same year? (It hasn't happened since Walter Johnson and Dazzy Vance accomplished the feat way back in 1924.) What a future Kershaw has ahead of him; he's just 23-years-old and should, therefore, only improve into his late 20s. Watch out National League.
Rounding out the top five were, in order, Cliff Lee, Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels.