While I have no complaint with the results of the Cy Young Award voting, I can’t help but wonder last year’s winners were unfairly punished by their success and victory last season.
While R.A. Dickey still would have beaten the 2011 NL CYA winner Clayton Kershaw, but had Kershaw not won last year I venture to guess that he would have gotten more than two first place votes this season.
Take a look at Kershaw’s 2011 and 2012 seasons
In 2012, Kershaw finished first in WAR and WHIP, and second in strikeouts and innings pitched. Dickey is a great story and worthy winner, Kershaw suffered in the voting from 2011 success.
And, I think it may be more significant in the American League where I think Verlander’s spectacular 2011 season produced a 2012 hangover in the voting that was decided by a mere four votes, the closest since the great Mike Cuellar/Denny McLain tie of 1969.
Take a look at Verlander’s 2011 and 2012 seasons
Verlander led all pitchers with a 7.6 WAR and was first in strikeouts, IP, and complete games, and second in WHIP and ERA.
- Price had 14 first place votes, 13 second place, and one third place for a 153 total.
- Verlander had 13 first place votes, 13 second place, and two third place for a 149 total.
- Jered Weaver had 0 first place votes, two second place, and 14 third place for a 70 total.
Just to appreciate Verlander and Kershaw’s last two seasons, take a look at their cumulative numbers