At 19-5, C.C. Sabathia now has three more wins than any other American League pitcher, and like it or not, the Cy Young Award is still very much about wins.
Never mind the fact that he plays for the best team in baseball; wins are wins.
C.C. has also now pitched over 200 innings. Cy Young Award voters love the work-horses, and only Felix Hernandez (again, absolutely no shot) has more innings than Sabathia.
And after today, Sabathia now has 165 strikeouts. That won't win any power-pitcher competitions, but it does make him–even if only temporarily–the seventh ranked strikeout pitcher in the American League.
It all comes together nicely.
At the end of the day, the best pitcher in the AL isn't going to win the Cy Young Award in 2010, but the voters could do a lot worse than C.C. Sabathia.