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When it comes to pitching, there are so many different categories that can measure a pitcher’s success. ERA, WHIP, and quality starts are all true indications of a pitcher’s genius. Wins, however, are more directly influenced by the entirety of a pitcher’s team.
When it comes to earning a win or a loss, a pitcher can only do so much. Adam Wainwright could throw a complete game, allowing just one run; but if his team fails to score, an L is placed next to his name.
And what about blown saves? Surely fans in St. Louis know all about that aspect of the game. A pitcher’s best performance of the season remains hidden in his win/loss record if that game is ruled a No-Decision.
Cy Young must go beyond a simple W or L.
Lance Lynn may have a 10-3 record, but the St. Louis Cardinal most worthy of the Cy Young award has to be Kyle Lohse.
Despite having thrown 10 more innings than Lynn, Lohse has a lower ERA (2.82), a lower WHIP (1.09), and less walks (17) than the rookie pitcher. Lohse has thrown two more quality starts than Lynn, and if you really want to compare their records (Lohse is 7-2), first take a look at the run support the two have had in 2012.
Lynn has the fourth highest run support in the MLB at 9.39 runs/game, while Lohse doesn’t even rank in the top-50 with 6.09 runs/game. If Lohse were to receive three more runs each start, he would be the only undefeated starting pitcher in the MLB, and maybe even the wins leader (both his losses were by just one run).
Lynn has done a phenomenal job in his rookie campaign, but it’s Lohse who is the true ace of the Cardinals’ staff.