Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners was named the 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, going to show that the evaluation of a pitchers’ collateral has gone far beyond the wins column. Hernandez was ranked 18th in AL victories, trailing C.C. Sabathia by eight. Sabathia would wind up finishing a very distant third in Cy Young voting.
This wasn’t your typical Cy Young vote though. It was a referendum regarding statistics as a measurement of pitching worth. Nerds, raise your pocket protectors in pride. Numbers are finally sexy.
*Please note: I’m a former member of SABR. Don’t waste your Star Trek stationary writing me a disparaging letter, because I just called you a nerd.
Hernandez led the Major Leagues with an earned run average of 2.27 and led the AL in innings pitched with 249 2/3. He was second in strikeouts, with 232, and in WHIP, with a 1.06. He received 21 of 28 first-place votes from the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
I agree with Mike Bauman of MLB.com who wrote about this topic today. The voters got it right. Worth should not be measured merely by victories alone. That’s like measuring players solely by what they do in the postseason.
*Oh wait. We kinda do.
As much as I feel that C.C. pitched one heck of a season for a team that can best be described by their fans as aggravating, Hernandez shouldn’t be penalized because he pitched for a last-place team. The Mariners scored fewer runs per game than any team since the designated hitter rule was adopted by the AL in 1973.
*Now, who’s got tickets to Comic-Con?! Kidding…or am I?