C.C. Sabathia of the Yankees, who won the award two years ago while with Cleveland and is being mentioned as a longshot candidate this year, says he’d vote for Felix Hernandez.
Sabathia tells Peter Botte of the New York Daily News:
“I told Andy (Pettitte) the other day, if I had a vote, I would vote for (Felix) Hernandez,” Sabathia said of the Mariners’ ace, who limited the Yanks to one earned run in a complete-game victory last week. “Just watching him pitch the other day in Seattle against us … against this lineup to throw a complete game and get a win. That’s the best pitcher in the league to me.”
Sabathia spoke before he blanked the Red Sox on one hit over seven innings today, bolstering his own chances of a second Cy. Sabathia is the major league’s first 19-game winner, but is still likely to finish third to Zack Greinke and Hernandez. Greinke hasn’t faced the Yankees among his 31 starts.
Sabathia also told the New York Daily News in Botte’s story, “”Greinke’s been great, and that’s what (Pettitte) said, too. But we haven’t seen him pitch. I saw Felix up close the other day and I was like, ‘All right, this guy is unbelievable.’ So right now, to me, he has my vote.”
That’s a nice feather for Hernandez, but last I checked, Sabathia isn’t a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America, so he doesn’t actually have a vote. And Greinke still has the decided edge among the BBWAA members I’ve talked to.
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