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AL Cy Young
Posted by Jeff Erickson at 10/3/2007 4:06:00 PM
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Besides the NL MVP, I think that the AL Cy Young is the other major word with multiple deserving candidates. I wish I would have posted this earlier, so people wouldn't take today's results in their equation, but who is your AL Cy Young?

I think the following all have their legitimate arguments:

John Lackey
Josh Beckett
C.C. Sabathia
Fausto Carmona
Johan Santana
Chien-ming Wang

Santana's candidacy loses some steam because of his September results, however.

Did I forget anyone? Should Dan Haren be considered? Like the MVP, put me in the camp of "team results shouldn't matter as much" as individual results.


My vote is for Sabathia, he is a work horse. He has been consistent all year. With the exception of a 2 - 3 game stretch.
Posted by kme69 at 10/3/2007 4:32:00 PM
There's something to be said for working deep into ball games. If the rest of his numbers were average, I would ignore Sabathia's candidacy, but given that his ERA, W, K, and other stats are comparable to the other candidates, I give him the nod for throwing more innings.
Posted by iceguy at 10/3/2007 5:31:00 PM
Given the requisite anti-Sox bias, as well as my personal anti-defaulting-the-Cy-Young-to-the-pitcher-with-the-most-wins bias, I think it should go to Sabathia. Carmona was indispensable, but Sabathia throwing every fifth day was the glue that held the Indians' pitching staff together.
Posted by bscwik at 10/3/2007 8:00:00 PM
Well, Peter King picked Haren (heh).

Give me Sabathia, the innings edge over Beckett is the key, even as Beckett's environment is much trickier.
Posted by spianow at 10/3/2007 9:21:00 PM
41 more innings for Sabathia should get him the nod.

I'd go 1: Sabathia 2: Beckett 3: Lackey

Beckett has one more win (who cares?) and a better K/9 rate, but all other signs point to Sabathia.
Posted by vtadave at 10/4/2007 11:39:00 AM
Beckett by healthy margin. He pitches in the toughest hitting division. Sabathia has a 7.13 ERA vs the Yankees, but didn't have to face them all year. Beckett had 4 starts vs. the Yankees and still managed 20 wins, a 3.27 era and an oustanding strike out to walk ration.
Posted by lancekhazei at 10/4/2007 1:47:00 PM

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