cy young winner hello
Closest vote since 1969.
Congrats to Shieldsy for finishing third in the AL Cy Young race on Tuesday.
Tigers Verlander took first and the Angels Weaver finished in second.
The top-five finish increased Shields’ 2012 option $500,000 to $8 million.
Today is a proud day. The Baseball Writers looked at the numbers, sized up the field, and decided that Wins do not define a pitcher. Sure, they’re nice to look at, but they still bypassed CC Sabathia, who received an unbelievable amount of run support, and gave the award to the pitcher with the lowest ERA (2.27), the most innings (249.2), and who struck out one fewer batter (232) than the league leader. All the while pitching for a team that scored the fewest runs in the American League since the DH was forged from the fires in hell.
Truly, this is the age of Enlightenment.
To be honest, I am upset about this. While he did have a great ERA this year, I feel like he didn’t have as much pressure put on him like Price and Sabathia had. In high-pressured situations is where I feel like we really can see what a pitcher is capable of.
I still feel like Price was most deserving for this award. It is not because I run this Rays-related blog, but because he was young and he held the team on his back through much of the season to even get them into the playoffs.
There’s always next year, David. I’m sure you’ll be in the running again.
King Felix, congrats.