The National League Cy Young race has many deserving candidates. Brandon Webb, Ryan Dempster, and CC Sabathia are all viable candidates for the award. Yet, the one pitcher who deserves this award is not from a big-market team and is on the roster of one of the worst teams in the worst division in baseball.
Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has been playing in the league for just three years, but is considered one of the best pitchers in the National League. Yet when the names float around for major awards, Lincecum's is nowhere to be found.
At only 72-90, the San Fransisco Giants ended their season in fourth place in the NL West. Lincecum managed to post an impressive 18-5 record (25 percent of his team's wins were when he pitched), despite a notable lack of run support and a shaky bullpen. Not to mention his 2.69 ERA and league-leading 265 strikeouts.
In comparison to the other pitchers in the National League, Lincecum is second in ERA, eighth in WHIP, and second in BAA. He ranks fourth in IP in all of Major League Baseball. The only possible reason for Lincecum not winning his first of what should be many Cy Young Awards is the overall shoddiness of the team he plays on. But I know that if I had a vote, I'd vote Lincecum in '08.