The poll on the sideboard shows that Royals fans truly believe that the baseball writers are going to select Greinke but I'm not so sure. I did think after he shut down the Red Sox that he clinched the award but getting tagged for four runs on national tv in his last start coupled with Hernandez winning his 19th game on the seasons final day may have swayed those on the fence.
Zack Greinke was the best pitcher in baseball all season long and if he doesn't win then the system is broken and writers opinions are irrelevant. The BBA has a lot of fine bloggers and I assume Greinke will be a unanimous choice in our balloting but if he's not then I may have a few comments for the dissenting blogs. There is absolutely no way anybody can say Hernandez or Halladay were better without using wins. None. Not possible. I won't hear it but I will respond to it.
So as you've gathered my ballot goes:
The numbers tell the story and the story was awesome.
|Stat ||Greinke ||Hernandez ||Halladay |
|GS ||33 || 34 ||32 |
|IP ||229.1 || 238.2 ||239 |
|W/L ||16-8 || 19-5 ||17-10 |
|ERA ||2.16 || 2.49 ||2.79 |
|ERA+ ||203 || 174 ||157 |
|K's ||242 || 217 ||208 |
|BB's ||51 || 71 ||35 |
|H/9 ||7.7 || 7.5 ||8.8 |
|WHIP ||1.07 || 1.13 ||1.12 |