Thursday, October 15, 2009

Cy Young

I had no problem in determining who should win the Cy Young award or who should come in second. The problem I had in filling out my BBA ballot was who to place third. It was between Halladay, Sabathia, and Verlander and I was leaning towards Verlander due to his league leading 269 strikeouts. But any argument I could make to place him third over Halladay I could also use to place Hernandez first over Greinke so I went with Doc. Halladay had a better overall season.

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:
1. Greinke
2. Hernandez
3. Halladay

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

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