With a roster including about 32,624 pitchers in the 2010 All Star Game, I have to assume it’s an absolute certainty that an All Star will win this year’s Cy. Unless of course someone like Jeremy Guthrie finishes the season with 120 shutout innings.
Jerry Crasnick actually brought up an interesting bit of trivia recently. Lincecum won the Cy Young last year with a 15-7 record. Ubaldo already has 15 wins at the break. I know wins are antiquated, but I still think it’s an interesting tidbit. Anyone know/feel like looking up whether this has ever happened before besides years when relievers won the Cy?
This year looks to be shaping up to be very tight as well: Johnson, Halladay, Jimenez, Wainwright.
This will be a good barometer of whether advanced metrics are taken seriously or not. Jimenez or Wainwright will likely lead the league in W with good ERA’s, while Johnson and Halladay will be advanced metric leaders.
Johnson seems to be having the same type of first half that Haren did last year, with a very long streak of starts allowing 2 runs or less. Halladay brings strong performance with name recognition. Wainwright is going to be in a similar position as last year, and Jimenez was the story if the first half (at least most of it).
Johnson is the only one not involved in some sort of pennant chase, although recent history suggests that’s less of a factor as previous seasons.
This year will be very interesting in regards to what aspects lead to award winners. There won’t be a “reigning champion” winning the award until he’s dethroned.
Comment by CircleChange11 — July 19, 2010 @ 3:38 am
Well, maybe, but there’s still a lot of baseball to be played and people’s memories tend to be remarkably short. By the end of the season the BWAA may be saying “Ubaldo Who?” (at least the way things are going at the moment).