Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Sky Is Falling: Cy Young Edition

See what happens when the Baseball Writers Association of America let's those non-newspaper nerds vote for post-season awards? The Cy Young winner in the AL only won 16 games and the NL winner only won 15. Plus, neither one of the winners' teams made the playoffs. Cats and dogs living together. This is sheer madness, people. You know, except for the fact the best pitcher in each league won the award for best pitcher.

There wasn't any controversy surrounding Zack Greinke's win as he collected 25 of the 28 first place votes. Greinke was the hot name down the stretch and put together an incredible season. His 2.16 ERA was the lowest since Pedro Martinez went crazy in 2000 with a 1.74 ERA. Bonus info, Fangraphs says Greinke was worth $42.4 million this season.

Tim Lincecum's second consecutive Cy Young was a tad more controversial. Chris Carpenter finished just six votes back and Adam Wainwright was just ten back from Lincecum's total. Will Carrol of Baseball Prospectus and Keith Law of ESPN's Scouts Inc both left Chris Carpenter off of their ballots. Obvious newspaper-guy backlash ensued. Carrol put Danny Haren on his ballot and Law put Vazquez on his. By the way, those two were the only NL pitchers with a strikeout-to-walk ratio higher than 5-to-1 (thanks Rob Neyer!) According to Fangraphs, and they're much smarter than us, Lincecum was the most valuable pitcher in the NL and worth $37 million this season.

You know what's going to be really fun for baseball nerds? Lincecum has won two Cy Youngs in his first three MLB seasons and could head to arbitration this year. That's ridiculously unprecedented. I'm not great with math but I think he should ask for $crapton million. That's a number, no?

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