CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, or John Lackey…who ya got?
Keep in mind that the ballots were cast before the playoffs began. Obviously, had the ballots been sent after the playoffs this wouldn’t even be a contest. 14 of 20 ESPN baseball contributors picked C.C. to win. The numbers for each-
C.C. Sabathia- 19 wins (2nd), 3.21 era (5th), 209 strikeouts (5th), 1.14 whip (5th), 241 Innings pitched (1st), 4 complete games (2nd).
Josh Beckett- 20 wins (1st), 3,27 era (6th), 194 strikeouts (7th), 1.14 whip (6th, percentage points behind Sabathia), 200 innings pitched, 1 complete game.
John Lackey- 19 wins (2nd), 3.01 era (1st), 179 strikeouts (11th), 1.21 whip (11th), 224 innings pitched (4th), 2 complete games (2nd).
Do I think Sabathia deserves to win? Yes, as much as either of the other two at least. The most important numbers are very close. What might push the vote toward C.C. is the number of innings he pitched. Ironically, that may have hurt the big guy in the postseason, but should win him the award for the year.