NL Cy Young today ….

LINCECUM: My Cy Young Award pick.

LINCECUM: My Cy Young Award pick.

Chris Carpenter, Tim Lincecum and Adam Wainwright. What’s not to like about any of them. Their presence gives their team almost a 70 percent chance of winning on any night.

But, if I could only take one, I’d go with the Giants’ Lincecum. He’d get my Cy Young Award vote today and could walk away with his second straight award.

Carpenter (17-4) led the league in ERA (2.24) and WHIP (1.01). His St. Louis teammate, Wainwright (19-8, 2.63) wins and innings pitched (233) and was fourth in ERA, strikeouts and win percentage.

Lincecum (15-7), however, was consistently dominant, leading the league in strikeouts (261), batting average against (.206) and was second in ERA (2.48) and WHIP (1.05). He only won four less games than Wainwright and two than Carpenter, I wonder how it would have been different if Lincecum had the run support of his Cardinal competition. Lincecum was given 5.83 runs to work with – a wash when compared to Carpenter’s 5.84. Wainwright, however, was given 7.07 runs a game.

While W-L record is a factor, I think Lincecum was superior in more areas than the other two.

6 thoughts on “NL Cy Young today ….

  1. Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Joel Piniero, Ryan Franklin…g-d how I wish Dave Duncan was the Mets pitching coach.

  2. (2) I never thought i’d miss Rick Peterson this much. Is Rube Walker still alive? lol

  3. Timmy only wins this because of the split vote for Adam and Carpenter. Timmy was excellent, but Carpenter was beyond belief IMO this year. Has it ever happened that the person with the most 1st place votes finished 3rd in the the voting before?

    Timmy was good, but Carpenter was the Cy Young this year IMO, not even close.