August 24, 2005
Cy Young - Who to choose?
For the past month I've been watching the National League competition for the Cy Young Award and with roughly 32 games left, I'm at a loss as to who I would choose if I had to vote. Let's take a look at the contenders and, hopefully with feedback, you can help me decide.
Chris Carpenter - St Louis Cardinals: 18 W/4 L, 196 IP, 6 CGs, 4 SO, 41 BBs, 178 Ks, 2.34 ERA. Dontrell Willis - Florida Marlins: 17 W/8 L, 186 IP, 6 CG, 5 SO, 42 BB, 130Ks, 2.61 ERA and finally the eternal Roger Clemens - Houston Astros: 11 W/6 L, 184 IP, 1 CG, 49 BB, 174 Ks, 1.51 ERA. All three pitchers are on teams that are either leading their division or making a hard run at the Wild Card. Where any of their teams would be without them is hard to figure, however, in my opinion without Clemens the Astros would be in last place in the NL Central and wouldn't have went on the run they did (50-24 since mid-May) to climb back into the Wild Card chase. All three pitchers are having seasons that are nothing unusual; Willis has been a mainstay of the Marlin's rotation for the past 3 seasons and, realizing that his performance tapered off after the All-Star break, spent this past off-season concentrating on his stamina and endurance. His dedication to his fitness shows in that he has compiled career-best numbers in victories, innings pitched, shutouts and complete games and with 5 or 6 starts to go will surely eclipse the 20 victory plateau. While the Hall of Fame is waiting for Clemens to retire so they can begin working on his plaque he is arguably working on his best season ever. Consider this, if he were to end his season right now his ERA of 1.51 would be the second lowest ERA in 85 years, bested only by Bob Gibson's 1.12 ERA in 1968. Winning another Cy Young would only add to HIS record total of 7 with his closest competitor being Randy Johnson with 5. As Johnson allowed 4 homeruns in one inning the other day and has an ERA of 4.20, and growing, it doesn't look like he's going to be winning another one anytime soon. Chris Carpenter's season is phenomenal and is a continuation of a fine season he had in 2004 when he won 15 games and would surely have won a couple of more games if a late season injury hadn't ended his year. Of all St. Louis starting pitchers, Carpenter receives the least amount of run support ( 4.3 runs per game vs. 5.2 respectively) and he's reached career bests in innings pitched, ERA, strikeouts, starts, shutouts and complete games. So, who to choose? Clemens so he can add Cy Young Award number 8 to his career total, Carpenter as he will surely reach the coveted 20 wins all pitchers strive for or Willis, who will also reach 20 wins and lead both pitchers in batting average and RBIs. Tough decision, I wish I had a vote.
Posted by Kevin O'Leary at 9:06 PM
I saw the date was August 24th. . . but now Carpenter is smoking Clemens in Innings Pitched (almost 3 full game more) more K's, more wins. . .
And as we learned last year, when Clemens beat the obviously better Johnson. . . WINS OBVIOUSLY MATTER. . .
Posted by: Shawn on September 6, 2005 10:04 PM