Category Archives: Cy Young

Next opportunity for Red Sox fans to cry comes at 2pm today

Major League Baseball will announce at 2pm today the American League Manager of the Year award. Most of the mainstream media has picked Eric Wedge to win the award over Mike Scioscia of the Angels, Joe Torre, and Terry Francona of the Red Sox. If Wedge wins the award we will of course congratulate him in a later post.

Unfortunately, instead of being able to focus on the individual achievements of the Indians. We are subjected to this. Now of course I didn’t go looking for that, I was led there by our good friends at The Big Lead. That was the only Cy Young story they ran. (Full disclosure- we sent them a link to our article.) In fact not only did they not run an Indian fan perspective, they didn’t mention anywhere that C.C. won the award.

But how about those Red Sox fans? Can’t even acknowledge that someone else might deserve the award over their guy. That is why the rest of the world hates you. Self-serving, pompous, arrogant jerks. Here, this should spoil your lunch.

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It’s Cy Young for CC

Indians starting pitcher CC Sabathia edged out Boston’s Josh Beckett for the American League’s Cy Young Award. Congrats Sabathia!

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It’s official. Sabathia has become the first Indian since 1972 to win the AL Cy Young. (Gaylord Perry was the last Cleveland hurler to take home the prize.) MLB.com did not publish the final tally, but ESPN reports that the Big Lefty won 19 of the 28 first place votes. Beckett indeed finished second, and Lackey finished third, receiving only 1 first place vote.

I speculated earlier in the season that because of Sabathia’s success this year it will be more difficult to keep him in Cleveland. I stand by that appraisal. Hitting the open market with a recent Cy Young Award will mean major bucks. Look at the money being thrown at lesser pitchers recently. There is no reason to believe that C.C. won’t be thrown Barry Zito type dollars. No way that offer is coming from Ontario St.

But instead of focusing on the negative today, let’s take a minute and celebrate a great season for Sabathia. 

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AL Cy Young Announcement at 2 pm…

CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett, or John Lackey…who ya got?

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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.

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