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The Walter Johnson Award

By bullpenbrian - October 17, 2011 - 1:22 pm 1 comment.

Here’s my voting for the BBA’s Walter Johnson Award, given to the best pitcher in each league.


1. Clayton Kershaw, LAD: Made 33 starts, 233.1 IP, 2.28 ERA and won 21 games for a Dodgers team that struggled to score runs. He led the NL in strikeouts with 248 and notched 2 shutouts.

2. Cliff Lee, PHIL: Allowed just 62 earned runs over 232.2 IP, struck out 238 batters and easily led all of baseball with 6 shutouts.

3. Roy Halladay, PHI: Virtually identical stats to Lee, but sported a better ERA 2.35, and led division winning Philly with 19 wins.

4. Ian Kennedy, ARZ: Quietly won 21 games with a 2.88 ERA to help lead Arizona to the West division title.

5. Craig Kimbrel, ATL: Set the rookie saves record with 46, issued only 18 earned runs in 77 IP, good for a 2.10 ERA, but ran out of gas in September.


1. Justin Verlander, DET: Won 24 of 34 starts, topped 250.0 IP (251.0), struck out 250 batters and completed 2 shutouts.

2. James Shields, TB: Led the AL with 4 shutouts, nearly reached 250.0 IP (249.1), struck out 225 batters over 33 starts for the Wild Card winning Rays.

3. Jared Weaver, LAA: 18 wins and a 2.41 ERA with well over 200.0 IP (235.2).

4. CC Sabathia, NYY: His 19 wins and 230 strikeouts only trails Verlander.

5. C.J. Wilson, TEX: Made 34 starts, struck out 206 batters and won 16 games for the West division champion Rangers.


Timmy Time Wins Cy Young Award

By bullpenbrian - November 23, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

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.


Zack Greinke Wins AL Cy Young Award

By bullpenbrian - November 18, 2009 - 12:15 am Leave a comment.

The baseball writers got this one right.

Zack Greinke is most deserving of the AL Cy Young Award. He dominated opposing teams, and that was clearly evident beyond the numbers too. Statistics, remember, only provide a general picture, not the entire view, which happens to be the case with Greinke.

So while the Royals’ right-hander didn’t have all the best numbers, it still remained clear Greinke processed the AL’s best complete package on the mound: poise, power and pin-point accuracy.

Had Greinke played for a contender it’s likely he wins more than his 16 games with K.C. I’d venture to say he could’ve reached 25, but who really knows?

Anyway, I’m happy for Royals fans too. Seriously, what else can Kansas City root for, the Chiefs? C’mon.


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