Sunday, September 19, 2010

CC Sabathia one step closer to Cy Young

For the first time in his career, CC Sabathia won 20 games in a regular season, taking one step closer to his second Cy Young award.

Even young David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays, who is a candidate for the award himself, said CC deserves the honor. That wasn't just a humble kid talking; it was a guy who genuinely admires Sabathia's work ethic and abilities.

It's going to be a tight race for sure. Price has earned plenty of votes pitching to a 17-6 record with a 2.79 ERA for a Rays team that remains neck in neck with the New York Yankees for baseball supremacy. The stat geeks are giving a major push to Felix Hernandez's candidacy, despite his 12-11 record, because of a sparkling 2.35 ERA and other league-leading numbers. But in my mind, there's no question that the guy with the most wins pitching in the toughest division in baseball should get the Cy Young award, especially since he has carried the struggling Yankees on his back for the last two months.

In winning 20 games (and possibly at least two more), CC has achieved a noteworthy milestone in what is an already impressive career. He is more than halfway toward the magic 300-win mark that guarantees a starting pitcher's entrance into the Baseball Hall of Fame. And CC is only 30 years old and signed for another five years to play for the Yankees, a team that will never lack for sluggers to provide him with plenty of run support.

That Hall of Fame resume will be enhanced with CC's second Cy Young award, which he should officially collect sometime in November.

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