Tuesday, November 09, 2004

National League Cy Young Award

Because there hasn't been much on the ol' Braves news wire to talk about lately- and since it's my blog (and I'm probably the only one reading it), I thought I'd post my two cents about the pending NL Cy Young Award.

Although there are several quality pitchers on the short list, it's really come down to two names: Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens. Clemens put up some tremendous numbers this season (18-4, 2.98 ERA, 218 K). Johnson's are equally impressive: 16-14, 2.60 ERA, 290 K. Clemens led the National League in winning percentage and was in the Top 10 in wins, ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, and opponent batting average. Johnson pitched a perfect game, led the league in strikeouts, was near the top in ERA, and opponents only hit .194 against him.

If I were a betting man, my money would be on Clemens. His numbers are impressive and he led his team to the NLCS (as important as Beltran was, Houston wasn't going anywhere without Rog). With that being said, I'd like to make a case for Randy Johnson. With the exception of the win-loss column, his numbers are even better than Clemens', and he played in front of a horrible team (even a little bit of run support would have helped him win more games). The Astros were a much better team than the Diamondbacks, and the run support in Houston with THAT line-up was almost unfair. But ultimately, the voters look at wins and losses, and that will probably be the end of Johnson's chances for winning.

So, does the voting come down to the best pitcher in the league- or to the one who's most valuable to their team?

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