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AL Cy Young Award Results

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Today, Felix Hernandez won the 2010 AL Cy Young Award, with a final line of 13-12, 2.27 ERA, 194 hits in 249.2 IP, and 232 K’s .  David Price of the Rays came in second, and the Yankees’ CC Sabathia finished in third.

Around campus, twitter, and facebook, I’ve heard (mostly) Yankee fans complaining that CC should have won.  I couldn’t disagree more.  I’ve heard nothing but “Anti-Yankee bias” and the whole “but Felix only won 13 games, and lost 12!”  I pity these fools.  In m opinion, the writers who vote on this matter got it right.  Except for one writer, who gave Sabathia a 5th place vote, that’s just absurd.

In King Felix’s defense, he had arguably the worst offense since the incporporation of the designated hitter in the AL supporting him, and still managed to get 13 wins, thanks to his 2.27 ERA, the lowest for a starter in all of baseball.  He led AL pitchers in WAR (6.0) and innings pitched (249.2), and recorded six complete games.  Heading into advanced stats, Hernandez had a 5.8 WPA, in basic terms, means he was screwed out of nearly 6 wins because of how bad the Seattle Mariners were.

Sabathia had a great year, and his 21 wins were tied for tops in baseball with NL winner Roy Halladay.  But his season was not better than Hernandez’s or Price’s, and the third place finish is deserving.  That’s not to say he wasn’t important to the Yankees, because we all know he was.  But there were two starting pitchers better than he was over the course of the regular season.

Sorry big fella, not this year.

In other Yankee related news:

The Yankees plan to offer Jeter 3 years for $45 million in the next couple of days, are one of 15 teams interested in Arizona’s Justin Upton, and they’ve signed 19 year old Dominican RHP Rafael DePaula, one of those “was suspended for a year because he lied about his age along with 75% of the talent from the Caribbean.”

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