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Tim Lincecum: Another Cy Young Award On The Horizon?

Andrew GodfreyCorrespondent ISeptember 15, 2009

Tim Lincecum is still in the running for the 2009 Cy Young Award despite having only 14 wins. He's only in the race because he's leading the NL in ERA and strikeouts.

When looking at the 14-5 record of Lincecum, its easy to think he doesn’t have a chance for the award. However, despite having four wins less than 18 game winner Adam Wainwright, he still has the best overall numbers in the National League.

His return yesterday after being sidelined for ten days was a huge pickup for the Giants. He pitched seven innings while limiting the Rockies to one run in the 9-1 win. He also struck out 11 batters.

Lincecum currently leads the NL in strikeouts with 244, with Javier Vazquez next with 214. He also leads the NL in ERA with a 2.30 mark, with Chris Carpenter second with 2.45.

Lincecum has only 14 wins, but only Adam Wainwright with 18, Chris Carpenter with 16 and Jason Marquis with 15 have posted more wins this season.

Last season, Brandon Webb won 22 games while Lincecum won 18; yet still didn’t win the Cy Young Award.

It won’t be a surprise if Lincecum wins again, despite less wins because his overall numbers are so overwhelming.

Lincecum also leads in strikeouts per nine innings with 10.59. He is third in WHIP with a 1.04 mark, while Wainwright is 14th with a 1.21 WHIP.

Carpenter could still be a factor in the Cy Young voting, but I think Lincecum has the best chance knowing he won last year despite four less wins than Webb.

Diamond Notes

The Twins suffered a huge loss with the news that Justin Morneau has played his last game this season after an MRI revealed a stress fracture in his back.

He finishes the season with 30 home runs and 100 runs batted in for his fourth 100 RBI  season. Joe Mauer raised his batting average to .371 yesterday after hitting below .370 since August 30.

The Cardinals and Cubs both won yesterday as the Cardinals magic number to eliminate the Cubs is now 10. The Cubs have won eight of their last 12 games, but are still nine and-a-half games back of the Cardinals with 20 games remaining.

Only 9,852 fans showed up to see the Reds defeat the Astros 3-1 at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati yesterday. Derrek Lee hit his 33rd home run yesterday and has an astronomical 1.465 OPS for the month of September.

Shin Soo “Chattanooga” Choo Choo may be leaving the Indians sometime in the next couple of years to fulfill his service obligation in South Korea. The South Korean government requires two years of service by South Korean men. He currently leads the Indians with 78 runs batted in.

Who would have thought that Adam Lind would drive in 100 runs this season, and that Aaron Hill would only need two more runs batted in for 100 this season? Meanwhile, highly paid Vernon Wells has drove in only 60 runs.

Ryan Braun, Adam Dunn and Hanley Ramirez need one RBI to have 100 RBI’s this season. Mark Reynolds is six strikeouts short of having 200. Adam Wainwright needs two wins to have 20 in 2009, while C.C. Sabathia will have to win all three of his remaining starts to win 20 games.

Albert Pujols with 86 extra base hits is 14 short of 100, which would make him the first NL player with 100 since 2001 when Barry Bonds accomplished the feat. Adam Lind and Mark Teixeira share the AL lead with 75 each.

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