Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Was Beckett robbed of the Cy Young?

Interesting question. Josh Beckett was the only twenty game winner in the major leagues this past season and he got out-voted by a wide margin for the Cy Young award, given annually to the best pitcher in each league as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Collecting almost two-thirds of the votes was the Cleveland Indians' C.C. Sabathia. Yes, the same Sabathia who was shelled in the playoffs against the Red Sox. The same Sabathia who lost to Josh Beckett in both post season games this year. The Same Sabathia, who having pitched almost 40 more innings, had one less win than Beckett.
As interesting as those figures are, only one of them matters at all in terms of this votes. You see voters cannot take playoffs into consideration as this is a regular season award. In fact, the ballots are cast on the eve of the playoffs. There is little doubt that if the playoffs counted, Beckett wouldn't have been denied, but lets not forget who got the ring at the end of the day.
As I sat down to write this thought long and hard about whether I was actually bitter about the award and quite frankly I'm not. C.C. Sabathia is one hell of a pitcher and might face Boston again next year in the playoffs - we've seen how he does under pressure. Josh Beckett is another great pitcher and may get a shot to make it three in a row against the tribe next October - we've seen how he does under pressure, too.
And yet that match-up wold make Fox a little giddy, Red Sox Nation has something else to look forward to - an already great number one starter who has a chip on his shoulder and might just want to settle the score next season. So while folks might think the voters took something away from Beckett; they're only half right. The writers might have just fueled an already fiercely competitive man.


rel=nofollowAaron said...

I might be biased, but C.C. deserved it. 40 more innings pitched and much less run support (he had so many chances to win game #20) did it for me.