AL and NL Cy Young Awards

To continue my look at the 2008 MLB season, here are my picks for the AL and NL Cy Young Awards.

American League Cy Young

Contenders (in alphabetical order)

  • Roy Halladay – SP/TOR – 20-11, 2.78 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 206 K in 246 IP – What can you say about Halladay that hasn’t been said? He might be one of the most underappreciated pitchers of our time, toiling away in Canada. His 2008 is his second-best campaign since his last Cy Young season.
  • Cliff Lee – SP/CLE – 22-3, 2.54 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 170 K in 223.1 IP – Last year Cliff Lee couldn’t even stay in the majors. This year, he had one of the most dominant AL seasons for a lefty this side of Johan Santana in his peak. 
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka – SP/BOS – 18-2, 2.80 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 149 K in 163.2 IP – Daisuke might have had one of the oddest seasons in MLB history. He walked a lot of batters (with a 1.62 K/BB), but he was ridiculously good at not giving up hits (.209 BAA). He didn’t pitch enough – both due to injury and pitch inefficiency – to really be a serious candidate, but he did take a step forward from his 2007.
  • Mike Mussina – SP/NYY – 19-9, 3.47 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 147 K in 194.2 IP – The Moose’s last gasp (most likely) was solid, but not enough to get his first Cy Young.
  • Francisco Rodriguez – RP/LAA – 2-3, 2.27 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 76 K, 62 SV in 67.1 IP – His place on the list was secured by his record 62 saves, but the rest of his season was by no means even in the top 10 of closers in history.
How I’d vote:
  1. Lee
  2. Halladay
  3. Matsuzaka
National League Cy Young
Contenders (in alphabetical order)
  • Ryan Dempster – SP/CHC – 17-6, 2.96 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 187 K in 206.2 IP – Dempster had the best year for a converted closer since Derek Lowe won 20 in his first season starter after being Boston’s closer.
  • Brad Lidge – RP/PHI – 2-0, 1.84 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 91 K, 40 SV in 68.1 IP – A token closer, but the most dominant one in the NL, possibly in all of MLB, this season.
  • Tim Lincecum – SP/SFG – 17-5, 2.66 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 252 K in 220.0 IP – An amazing season for the sophomore player, especially considering the ineptitude of the Giants. Hopefully this is not his career high point.
  • Johan Santana – SP/NYM – 15-7, 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 197 K in 225.1 IP – Johan has a great second half – something he seems to do often – and put himself back in the Cy Young race, but is hurt by his lower win total.
  • Brandon Webb – SP/ARI – 22-7, 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 176 K in 219.2 IP – The NL leader in wins, but not the same level of dominance as Lincecum or Santana.
How I’d vote:
  1. Lincecum
  2. Santana
  3. Webb

3 thoughts on “AL and NL Cy Young Awards

  1. Dude, did you even read your own post? You have Halladay’s stats right in front of you, and you picked Lee? Halladay’s peripherals are all better, and according to something I read somewhere (can’t find the article right now), Halladay faced stiffer competition. Halladay is the man.

  2. You see, as much as I want to pick Halladay, Lee’s season was so remarkable that I couldn’t look away. Yes, maybe I should rethink it, and the 1/2 is real close, but both Halladay and Lee would be very deserving winners.

  3. I’m tempted to laugh at Louis! Lee went 22-3 (that’s 2 more wins and 8 LESS Losses!!) than Halladay; his ERA was 2.54 vs Halladay’s 2.78….Wins and Losses and ERA = Cliff Lee, Cy Young winner…period.

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