NL Cy Young Race is Very Close

August 18, 2008 at 12:19 pm 3 comments


The National League Cy Young Award race is an incredibly close one. My top 4 candidates are seperated by very little and depending on which stats you consider more important your list may vary from mine. Here are my top 4 Cy Young candidates in no particular order:


As you can see they each stack up well against each other. I don’t value wins as much as the voters do so my choice based on all the stats is Tim Lincecum by a very slim margin over Dan Haren who also leads the league in ERC at 2.48.

Who is your NL Cy Young Award favorite?

-Jonathan C. Mitchell

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  • 1. Charlie Nehl  |  August 18, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    I think it’s pretty obvious that Webb is the front runner, but I think Ryan Dempster will be included in the discussions and place high in the voting. He league leader (for qualifying starting pitchers I think) in opp baa at .210, which is quite a bit better. He’s 14-5 with an ERA under 3 (2.92). 149/64 K/BB ratio. OBA is only .292 putting him in third.

    It’s pretty amazing the transition he made last season from adaquete closer to one of the top starters in the NL. I think his QS% is 68 or 69 too. Plain and simple, he’s been more consistant than Zambrano.

    If Cole Hamels is about perfect the rest of the way out, he’s got a shot at getting some votes, but Webb is the front runner now.

  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  August 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Dempster just missed my top 4. His transition has been nothing short of great. Hamels also has a shot. The sad thing is that the voters love Wins and neglect the more important stats. I think the voters would vote for Webb too but I think Lincecum has been the best pitcher in the league with Haren a very very very close 2nd.

  • 3. Erik  |  August 18, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I’d go with Lincecum… he’s pitched extremely well for such a horrible team. And it would give Giant fans something to be happy about.


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