Now that there is one day left in the regular 2010 major league baseball season, it is time to consider who will be the NL Cy Young Award winner.
But, first things first. What is the Cy Young Award?
According to Wikipedia, “The Cy Young Award is an honor given annually in baseball to the best pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB), one each for the American and National leagues. The award was first introduced in 1956 by Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick in honor of Hall of Fame pitcher Cy Young, who died in 1955. The award was originally given to the single best pitcher in the major leagues, but in 1967, after the retirement of Frick, the award was given to one pitcher in each league.
Each league’s award is voted on by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America, with two representatives from each team, which means 28 ballots are cast for the American League winner, and 32 ballots are cast for the National League.”
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA), more often than not, reviews “galmour” numbers when selecting a Cy Young award winner. These numbers are wins, earned run average (ERA), strikeouts and, to a lesser extent, innings pitched.
Also, the BBWAA doesn’t always vote for the BEST pitcher in the league. A pitcher who is on a division winning, wild card team, or at least a winning team has a much better chance of receiving the Cy Young Award than a pitcher who is playing for a losing team.
Here are my four front runners for the AL Cy Young Award. I have broken the pitchers’ glamour statistics down to wins (W), ERA, strikeouts (K) and innings pitched (IP). Following the statistics are the pitcher’s rank in the league, as of October 3, 2010.
Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
W: 21- 1st
ERA: 2.44 – 3rd
IP: 250.2 – 1st
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals
W: 20 – 2nd
ERA: 2.42 – 2ndK: 213 – 4th
IP: 230.1 – 3rd
Ubaldo Jimenez, Colorado Rockies
W: 19 – 3rd
ERA: 2.99 – 11th K: 214 – 3rd
IP: 213.2 – 8th
There is one reliever, or “closer,” who may get some Cy Young Award consideration. Heath Bell of the San Diego Padres has 47 saves, a 6-1 won-loss record, and a 1.93 ERA.
While Wainwright, Jimenez and Bell have had outstanding seasons, I don’t think there is a doubt that Halladay will win the Award. In addition in leading the NL in wins and innings pitched, Halladay also leads in shutouts with four, including a perfect game, and in complete games with nine. He’s also on a team going to that won the National League East division crown.
Wikipedia Cy Young Award Definition:
ESPN.com 2010 Major League Pitching Statistics as of October 3, 2010