Who's Better: C.C. Sabathia Or Felix Hernandez?

Shanan H.Analyst ISeptember 20, 2009

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 08:  CC Sabathia #52 of the New York Yankees looks on against the Tampa Bay Rays on September 8, 2009 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's going to be a great Cy Young award race this year.  Although Justin Verlander, Roy Halladay, and Zack Grienke are still in the midst of things, it seems like there are two front runners:  Felix Hernandez and C.C. Sabathia.

At the begining of the season, Felix was my pick to win the Cy Young.

But now, C.C. and Hernandez seem in a dead lock.  Let's break down the stats:

The lower ERA goes to Felix Hernandez, who's ERA is .90 points lower than Sabathia's.

The lower WHIP goes to Sabathia.  His matured control has allowed him to keep it .010 points lower than Hernandez.

Sabathia has pitched more innings, and is actually the league leader in innings pitched and games started.  (The Mariners do protect Felix and give him a lot of days off.)

C.C. leads the league with 18 wins, and is on track for 20 this season.  Felix has 16, a personal record for him.

Hernandez has four more walks.

Hernandez has 10 more strikeouts.

Hernandez leads the league with just 7.6 hits per nine innings, with C.C. just behind at 7.7.

Again by .1 leads Felix in the homers per nine innings, with .8, compaired to .9 from Sabathia.

Both have had two complete games and one shut out.

Hernandez has had a balk, C.C. hasn't.

Here's the big dropper:  Felix Hernandez pitches in one of the best parks for pitchers.  Sabathia pitches in the worst place for pitchers.

If the Cy Young were to be determined now, who would I pick?

C.C. Sabathia.  In all of the categories he lead, except ERA, hits per 9 innings, and homers.  He pitches much better in the clutch, (hence more wins) and he has better control.  He also pitches in that awful ballpark. 

However, Felix just barely didn't win.  Try hard, Felix, and give it another year.