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Roy Halladay: The Complete Master

Roy Halladay is the runaway leader among active players in complete games.

Roy Halladay: The Complete Master

Roy Halladay takes the Citizens Bank Park mound Wednesday coming off his first complete game since 2011. (Tom Mihalek/AP)
Roy Halladay takes the Citizens Bank Park mound Wednesday coming off his first complete game since 2011. (Tom Mihalek/AP)

Roy Halladay takes the Citizens Bank Park mound Wednesday night coming off his first complete game since Sept. 14, 2011.

Despite that span of 30 consecutive regular season starts between CGs, Halladay still has just one fewer (67) than the next two active leaders combined (68).

 

 ACTIVE LEADERS CAREER CG
 Pitcher    GS  CG   
 Roy Halladay  381     67
 CC Sabathia  387  35
 Bartolo Colon  379  33
 Mark Buehrle  400  28
 Cliff Lee  284  26
 Tim Hudson  409  25
 Andy Pettitte  494  25
 Felix Hernandez     242  23
 A.J. Burnett  344  22
 James Shields  221  20
 Justin Verlander  236  20
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