As a part of the New York Mets chapter of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I have been given the task of voting for postseason awards.
Since there are four Mets writers in the alliance, and four postseason awards to vote for, we’ve each decided to take one award and give our input.
I’ve been assigned the National League Cy Young Award.
I feel like this award has been a three-horse race for some time, between aces Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright, and Chris Carpenter.
My order goes as follows:
3. Tim Lincecum
The reigning Cy Young award winner from last season put in another impressive effort this season, winning 15 games in 32 starts. He led the league in strikeouts with 261, a full 23 more than his closest competitor. He threw four complete games and two shutouts in his 225.1 innings, with an ERA of 2.48
Having a guy put a season together like Lincecum and come in third place is a good indicator of how impressive the top three pitchers in the NL performed this season.
2. Adam Wainwright
As a Mets fan, Wainwright has a special place in my heart as the man who ended the 2006 postseason run by throwing one of the most ridiculous curveballs I’ve ever seen to strike out Carlos Beltran with the bases loaded, to win the NLCS.
Wainwright led the NL in wins, with 19 in 34 starts. He sported an impressive 2.24 ERA and struck out 212. His numbers could easily be argued as the best in the league for this season, and putting him second on my list should again show how impressive I thought the winner’s season was.
1. Chris Carpenter
Carpenter who missed some time due to injury this season and was only able to start 28 games. He still managed to win 17. His ERA was a ridiculous 2.24. He threw three complete games, one shutout, only gave up seven home runs all year, only walking 38 all year.
Numbers like this make you wonder if Carpenter would have won 20-plus wins with six or seven more starts this season.
It’s my opinion that while all the pitchers I mentioned had Cy Young Award-worthy seasons, Carpenter’s performance was the most impressive.
To see a lot more award voting, visit the BBA’s Award Posts, where you can read what bloggers all over the country are saying about this season.