This comes as little surprise, but Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals today was named the runaway winner of the 2009 AL Cy Young Award. Felix Hernandez of the Mariners placed a distant second, beating out the likes of C.C. Sabathia, Justin Verlander and Roy Halladay.
Greinke received 25 first-place votes from BBWAA voting members, while Hernandez had 2 and Verlander 1.
Hernandez also received 23 second-place votes, the most of any pitcher. Greinke had three second-place votes and Sabathia the other two.
In total points, Greinke had 134, Hernandez 80, Verlander 14, Sabathia 13 and Halladay 11.
Needless to say, the voters got it right.
You can talk all you want about the lack of run support Hernandez recieved. I heard one commenter on radio today opine that Hernandez could have won 23 games if not for a terrible Mariners offense. That much is true. But the same could be said for Greinke, who had an offense just as woeful at times and played in front of one of the worst defenses in all of baseball.
If you look at Fielding Independant Pitching, which measures how a pitcher fared regardless of the defense behind him, Greinke scored a 2.33 compared to 3.09 by Hernandez.
Like I said, the best guy won. A great year by Hernandez. But the wrong year to have it in.
November 17, 2009 at 11:03 AM