Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BBA CY Young Winners

The BBA has released it's results of their voting for A.L. and N.L. Cy Young Award winners. Unfortunately, I missed the deadline to get my votes in, but Greinke would've been my number one guy, with Halladay, and Verlander as second and third. Honorable mention would've gone to Feliz Hernandez.

Here's the BBA's official Press Release:

"The Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA), a group of 89 bloggers from across Major League Baseball, announced today that Kansas City Royals pitcher Zack Greinke and San Francisco hurler Tim Lincecum had won the Cy Young balloting among its members.

Greinke, who was unanimously selected across the nineteen blogs that voted for the American League winner, fashioned a dominating 2.16 ERA with 242 strikeouts while putting up 16 wins for a Royals squad that won only 65 games. Greinke's Cy Young case was built on non-traditional statistics, as he was only tied for seventh in the league in wins, but led in categories such as defense-independent ERA, component ERA, and WHIP along with the more traditional ERA.

"He's a magician with the baseball and when he's focused and puts his mind to it, there are games when he's untouchable," wrote Noel of The Tribe Daily. Jeff of Royally Speaking was blunt, saying "Zack Greinke was the best pitcher in baseball all season long."

In becoming the first player to garner a unanimous selection in BBA history, Greinke tabulated 90 total points. Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners came in a distant second with 37 points.

The National League selection was a little more varied, though not at all more dramatic. Lincecum, who won the baseball writers' Cy Young in 2008, put up a league-leading 261 strikeouts in 225.1 innings and finished second to Chris Carpenter with a 2.48 ERA. As with Greinke, his case for the award was not fashioned on the traditional bedrock of wins either, as he only was credited with 15, four shy of the league leader.

"He has the filthiest stuff in either league and has turned himself into a rock star in San Francisco," stated Matt from Feeling Dodger Blue, who overcame the innate Dodger/Giant rivalry to cast his vote for Lincecum. "It seemed a daunting task to improve on what Lincecum did last season, but he did it," said Bill from Crashburn Alley.

Lincecum totaled seventeen first-place votes from the twenty ballots cast and finished with 88 points overall. Carpenter, the league leader in ERA and one of the pitchers ahead of Lincecum in the win category, finished second with three first place votes and 47 total points.

The complete voting results are as follows (first-place votes in parenthesis):

American League
Zack Greinke, Kansas City (19) 95
Felix Hernandez, Seattle 37
Roy Halladay, Toronto 22
Justin Verlander, Detroit 14
CC Sabathia, New York 2

National League
Tim Lincecum, San Francisco (17) 88
Chris Carpenter, St. Louis (3) 47
Adam Wainwright, St. Louis 23
Javier Vazquez, Atlanta 21
Dan Haren, Arizona 1

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