The BBWAA didn’t agree with me and instead picked Rays pitcher David Price for the American League Cy Young Award and it picked Mets knuckleballer, the first in history, R.A. Dickey for the National League Cy Young.
Price did have a great season. He lead the AL with a 2.56 ERA and had a 8.7 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 while holding batters to a .602 OPS against and a 1.095 WHIP. He was also very impressive as the ace of a team that really had no offense and kept them in the pennant race all season.
I just thought that Justin Verlander was slightly better with a 2.64 ERA, a 9.0 K/9, 2.3 BB/9 while holding batters to a .601 OPS against and a 1.057 WHIP. He actually won a division for his team, allowed fewer home runs, and threw more innings in the same amount of starts. It was very close, but Verlander seems to have lost because of 0.08 points of ERA and more wins.
Dickey won the award with a 2.73 ERA, a 8.9 K/9, a 2.1 BB/9, opponents had a .640 OPS against him with a 1.053 WHIP. He was the bright spot in a sad season for the Mets, but I’m not sure that this will make them feel a lot better about 2012 though.
Click here to see my original thoughts on the AL Cy Young.