Stat geeks have been saying it over and over and over again: Cy Young voters shouldn’t simply look at win-loss record. This year, the Cy Young voters listened. Felix Hernandez, who only had a 13-12 record, won the American League Cy Young award. Proof of Hernandez’s domination was in deeper in the stats — he had a 2.27 ERA, 232 strikeouts and a 1.06 WHIP.
As a team, the Seattle Mariners were 61-101. When Hernandez were on the mound, the Mariners scored one or fewer runs ten times. With such weak hitting on his side, Hernandez’s season was wasted — well, amost. The Cy Young award validated his production this season.
In second place in the Cy Young award vote was David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays. Price was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA. CC Sabathia, who came in third place, was 21-7 with a 3.18 ERA.
Said Price: “I feel like they got it right. Felix, I thought he deserved it even though he didn’t have a lot of wins. You can’t really control all that — you can’t control the offense and the hitters and stuff like that.”
Stat geeks, the day you wished for has arrived.