Major League Baseball will announce the AL’s Cy Young Award winner later today, and judging by the title of this entry, you probably think I’m choosing CC Sabathia.
Well, you’d be wrong.
I’m guessing that Kansas City’s Zack Greinke takes home the hardware after going 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 229 1/3 innings.
Greinke had six complete games, which used to be routine back in the Palmer/McNally/Cuellar/Dobson days. Not so much now. He also tossed three shutouts.
Voters are aware that Greinke didn’t get the win in two starts where he held his opponent without a run. He didn’t win in four starts where he permitted only one run. He posted a 0.55 ERA in five September starts and went 3-0.
In other words, he easily could have been a 20-game winner with just a little support.
I’m going with Greinke over Sabathia, Felix Hernandez and Justin Verlander. I picked Roy Halladay before the season started, and he’ll also receive some votes.
Yesterday, I wrote that I would have chosen Andrew Bailey as the AL’s Rookie of the Year, but I expected Rick Porcello to win it. I should have gone with my instincts.
By the way, the NL’s Cy Young winner will be revealed on Thursday.