Thursday, October 20, 2011

NL Cy Young Award Picks

This post marks the fourth of our eight-part series highlighting baseball's major awards. Today we do our best in breaking down the ballot for the National League Cy Young Award. Here are the candidates:

Roy Halladay - SP Philadelphia Phillies
2011 notable stats: 19-6, 2.35 ERA, 233.7 IP, 1.04 WHIP, 7.4 WAR
-Halladay led the NL in complete games (8), finished second in ERA, innings pitched and quality starts (25), and tied for third in strikeouts (220).

Ian Kennedy - SP Arizona Diamondbacks
2011 notable stats: 21-4, 2.88 ERA, 222 IP, 1.09 WHIP, 5.5 WAR
-The 26-year old finished tied for the most wins in the NL, ranked fifth in BAA (.227) and tied for fifth in innings pitched.

Clayton Kershaw - SP Los Angeles Dodgers
2011 notable stats: 21-5, 2.28 ERA, 233.3 IP, 248 K, 6.9 WAR
-"The Claw" led the league in ERA, strikeouts, WHIP (0.98), and BAA (.207), tied for first in wins, tied for second with 25 quality starts, and was third in complete games (6).

Craig Kimbrel - RP Atlanta Braves
2011 notable stats: 2.10 ERA, 79 G, 46 SV, 1.04 WHIP, 3.0 WAR
-The hard-throwing closer set a new MLB rookie record with 46 saves, which also tied him with John Axford for the league lead.

Cliff Lee - SP Philadelphia Phillies
2011 notable stats: 17-8, 2.40 ERA, 232.7 IP, 1.03 WHIP, 6.8 WAR
-Lee led the NL in shutouts (6), was second in complete games (6), tied for second in quality starts (25), and finished third in ERA and WHIP.

@Redlegs_Review's pick:

Clayton Kershaw - No shortage of worthy candidates for this honor, however my vote goes to Kershaw. "The Claw" won 21 games despite having a lower run support average than everyone on this list outside of Lee. He also led the league in just about every major pitching category and ranks first in ESPN's Cy Young predictor. And yet it's also important to remember that the left-hander is still only 23 years old.

@RedlegsWriter's pick:

Clayton Kershaw - I'd certainly be willing to listen to Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, or even Ian Kennedy arguments, but again it's pretty simple to me here. Clayton Kershaw tied for the league lead in wins (21) with Kennedy, and led the league in ERA (2.28), WHIP (0.98), and strikeouts (248). If only the Dodgers front office could figure out what was going on because have two of the best players in baseball in Kershaw and Kemp.

Check back on the blog again tomorrow as we break down the candidates and our picks for AL Manager of the Year.

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