Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sabathia loses Cy Young in Greinke landslide
I fully expected Kansas City starter Zack Greinke to take the AL Cy Young award over Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia, but I'm very surprised the vote wasn't closer. Greinke beat CC with an overall score of 134-13, winning 25 out of 28 total first-place votes.
No doubt Greinke had great numbers: 16-8 record on a bad team with a major league baseball-best 2.16 ERA and 242 K's. But Sabathia's hardly a slouch, finishing 19-8 with a 3.37 ERA. He obviously got no credit for pitching in the toughest division in baseball: the American League East. Of course, Sabathia probably isn't all broken up about the vote as he helped lead the Yanks to a World Series title, winning the AL Championship Most Valuable Player trophy on the way. Plus, he already has a Cy Young award.
Felix Hernandez probably has more reason to be mad the vote wasn't closer. He finished the season 19-5 with a 2.49 ERA and 217 K's. He got 80 votes, including 23 second-place votes. And he was the ace on a more competitive team.
I hope this year wasn't a fluke for Greinke and Hernandez. It would be fun to see these two young stud pitchers go at it every year.
Thanks to Keith Allison via Wikipedia for the photo.