R.A. Dickey is having a Cy Young sort of season. So is Johnny Cueto. Maybe a few other starting pitchers in the National League, too, but especially Dickey and Cueto. They’re on pace to win 20 games, lose fewer than half of those and finish among league leaders in ERA and strikeouts—which is to say, they’re having seasons typical of a Cy Young winner.
But Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel are having seasons that have never been done before.
So let’s give the Cy Young to one of them.
Problem is, Chapman and Kimbrel are relievers, and relievers aren’t supposed to win this thing. A closer will win it from time to time, but usually he has to have some #######’ facial hair or 50-plus saves or just do like Sparky Lyle did in 1977 and pitch for the Yankees.
...And if the season ended today, voters wouldn’t. Without telling them why, I asked four baseball writers at CBSSports.com and one at Yahoo Sports for their top-three Cy Young ballot if the season ended today. None of them named Chapman or Kimbrel. So I’m here to get the word out, start a conversation about the NL Cy Young, because the right thing must be done. And the right thing is for Chapman and Kimbrel to be sitting in the lead at this moment
Posted: August 08, 2012 at 12:14 PM | 55 comment(s)
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