Random Baseball Thought #5: American League Cy Young Award

By | September 23, 2005

The fifth of my random thoughts for tonight, again with possible quotes from the Joe Morgan and Jerry Crasnick chats from today (see this entry for links to the chats):

AL Cy Young Award:

It appears to be a three-horse race now, between Bartolo Colon, Johan Santana, and Mariano Rivera. Rivera is having one of his best seasons, with a microscopic 1.32 ERA and 41 saves; Santana has a 2.98 ERA and 223 strikeouts; and Colon has 20 wins and a 3.34 ERA. I am firmly against the idea that more wins equals better pitcher, and I don’t think Colon’s other stats are extremely amazing. As for Rivera, I think he is amazing and one of the best closers of all time, but I think a closer’s stats are generally based on too small a sample size to say how good he really is. That leaves us with Santana, who has (again) had a great second half of the season, although this year’s first half was worse than last year’s. Still, his ERA and strikeouts, to go along with a .667 winning percentage, put him at the top of my list.

My vote: Santana, although I predict that Colon will win it.

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