Not hard to believe Tim Lincecum won consecutive Cy Young Awards.
On the other hand, what is hard to believe is that ESPN’s Keith Law and Will Carroll from Baseball Prospectus both left Chris Carpenter off their three-pitcher ballots.
Both writers are entitled to their opinions, of course, but I still find it rather ridiculous to write off Carpenter completely.
Law voted in favor of Javier Vazquez, Carroll in favor of Dan Haren and those votes greatly cost Carpenter his shot at winning a second Cy Young Award.
I wouldn’t call either writer stupid for their selections, but instead fault them for being too cute with the numbers.
There’s no need to over think the Cy Young Award, which unfortunately happened in this case.
Were these two out to prove something, I don’t know? Either way, it’s a stretch to find a better pitcher in the NL than Carpenter outside Lincecum and Adam Wainwright.