Thursday, November 19, 2009
NL Cy Young
Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young award for his absolutely sick 2.16 ERA. Even though he went 16-8, the writers managed to stay out of their own way and still award him the top honor in the AL (Justin Verlander was 19-9 and Felix Hernandez was 19-5.)
So who will win the NL Cy Young today? There are three favorites:
Chris Carpenter: 17-4, 2.24 ERA, 3 Complete Games, 192+ Inning pitched, 144 K, and 1.01 WHIP
Adam Wainwright: 19-8, 2.63 ERA, 1 Complete Game, 233 IP, 212 K, and 1.21 WHIP
Tim Lincecum: 15-7, 2.48 ERA, 4 Complete Games, 225+ IP, 261 K, and 1.05 WHIP
This is pretty close to a pick 'em. They each have categories where they beat each other. For instance, Carpenter missed about a month with an abdominal injury, but still managed to get 17 wins and 3 complete games with a WHIP of 1.01. Tim Lincecum led the league in strikeouts, had 4 complete games, but got little run support, so he has only 15 wins. Wainwright pitched a ridiculous 233 innings and has most wins. However, Wainwright also has the highest ERA and WHIP of the group.
What is the right choice? I'm inclined to say Lincecum, but that's only because he plays in my local market and I know what a savage he is (it also hurts the other candidates that they happen to play for a certain team in St. Louis...) I also would pick Lincecum because I'm a huge fan of the strikeout. Timmy led the league in strikeouts and that leads me to believe he needs to rely on his defense less than the other to pitchers. There are a lot of variables in baseball that create a great season for a pitcher (defense, run support, etc.) but Lincecum limits the luck by striking more batters out than the other guys (though it still only got him 15 wins this year, and 17 wins last year.)
Tim Lincecum for Cy Young! We'll see if it happens. I wonder if Giants fans want him to win? It will only mean that the Giants will have to pay him even more in arbitration this year. Any of these three pitchers deserve the award. I'm looking forward to the announcement.
(No weed jokes?! What is going on today?)