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NL Cy Young poll

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Freelance Hack, Oct 2, 2006.


Who would earn your first-place vote for the 2006 Cy Young Award?

  1. Roy Oswalt 15-8, 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP

  2. Chris Carpenter, 15-8, 3.09, 1.07

  3. Brandon Webb, 16-8, 3.10, 1.13, 235 IP

  4. John Smoltz, 16-9, 3.49, 1.19

  5. Aaron Harang, 16-11, 3.76, 1.27, NL best 216 K

  6. Carlos Zambrano, 16-7, 3.41, 1.29, 210 K

  7. Derek Lowe, 16-8, 3.63, 1.27

    0 vote(s)
  8. Bronson Arroyo, 14-11, 3.29, 1.19, NL best 240-2/3 IP

  9. No one -- The Cy Young shouldn't go to a No. 2 pitcher

  10. Fill-in entry (post below)

  1. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    Maybe it's just me, but I have a hard time giving a Cy Young award to a pitcher that just won 15 games, regardless of how dogshit his team was this year.

    I can't remember when there was such mediocrity and parity in the field. You could make a strong claim for most of the pitchers named above, though you could also make a damaging case against them as well.
  2. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    When innings pitched are that close, I have to go purely with ERA.

    Also, the way Oswalt closed the season was pretty big.
  3. jagtrader

    jagtrader Active Member

  4. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    My bad, Webb's IP was 235 not 230.

    The others (in order):
    Harang 234 1/3
    Smoltz 232
    Carpenter 221 1/3
    Oswalt 220 2/3
    Lowe 218
    Zambrano 214

    The Reds homer in me wants it to go to Harang, but I can't remember an NL Cy Young winner with a ERA above 3.5. Most NL Cys have had sub 3 ERA, IIRC. Still, Harang finished 11th with his 3.76 ERA.
  5. Oz

    Oz Active Member

    I hate to agree with you ... but I will here.
  6. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    For the curious, Oswalt was 5-0 with a 1.85 ERA in six Sept (and I'm assuming) October starts.

    That's enough for me, too.
  7. outofplace

    outofplace Well-Known Member

    It has happened, I can't see giving it to Harang with one more victory when Oswalt had an ERA under 3 and he was dominant when the Astros made their run at the end.
  8. bigpern23

    bigpern23 Well-Known Member

    I'm too lazy to look it up, but strikeouts would be a factor that was not listed above. Looking at those numbers, I'd probably give it to Oswalt. Hate to give to a guy with 15 wins, but it's not like 16 wins is a significantly better statistic, so I'd have to give it to the guy with the lower ERA ... he gave his team a better chance to win night in and night out than the others.
  9. Gold

    Gold Active Member

    Why not Trevor Hoffman? I know he blew the save in the All-Star game and I know he is a relief pitcher, but which pitcher made more of an impact during the season?
  10. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Brandon Webb really shouldn't be on the ballot in my book. After going 9-0 to start he was pretty hit or miss the last half of the season.

    I was thinking Smoltz blew it with three bad starts in September, but this is a pretty undistinguished field. Oswalt might be the best pick.
  11. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    I agree. There's no 20-game winner and the NL is a tad weaker this year in the starter category. Give Hoffman a gift Cy Young Award.
  12. Columbo

    Columbo Active Member

    Total pile of bullshit stat.
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