Continuing my selections for the Baseball Bloggers Alliance awards this year, we come to the Walter Johnson Award, given out to the best pitcher of the year. I cast my ballot for the Willie Mays Award for top rookie yesterday.
As always, feel free to tell me where I’m wrong.
Walter Johnson Award (Cy Young)
A.L.: Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners
Let’s face it. This is not a “stats-vs-writers” thing. There is absolutely no way anyone can credibly argue that C.C. Sabathia or David Price is better than Felix. I understand some people’s support of Francisco Liriano but, again, Felix is better than him in every way. The only reason anyone would vote for someone other than Felix is because of the wins column, and that just should not fly in this day and age. Felix Hernandez is the best pitcher in the American League this year the same way Roger Clemens was the best pitcher in the National League in 2005. C.C. Sabathia is not the best pitcher in the AL this year in the same way Bob Welch was not the best pitcher in the AL in 1990. We do not need to keep making those same mistakes.
N.L.: Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies
I love Doc. I was so glad when he was traded out of Toronto into a city with a much bigger stage and a much better chance at postseason glory. I was anxious to see how he would do this year – the change in leagues seemed like a perfect chance to see another Randy Johnson-in-1997-type season. The fact that he was able to live up to those expectations so easily – and with a perfect game to boot! – just makes me ecstatic. This Cy Young award is about as certain as these things can be.