Price on Cy Young vote: "They got it right"
UPDATE, 4:54: Rays pitcher David Price had no issue with finishing second in the AL Cy Young voting. "I feel like they got it right,'' he said on a conference call. "I feel Felix deserved it.''
Price said he considers ERA the most important stat, and had no issue with Hernandez, who led the majors with a 2.27 mark, winning the award despite a 13-12 record. "Obviously I wanted to win, and if I didn't win I wanted to come in second so I feel good about it,'' he said. "I'm not mad by any means or let down - I just got beat.''
DEVELOPING: Rays lefty David Price finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting, with Seattle's Felix Hernandez winning.
Hernandez received 21 of the 28 first-place votes and finished with 167 points; Price had four first-place votes, 15 seconds and 7 thirds and 1 fourth, and finished with 111 points. He was left off one ballot entirely, by Mike Silverman of the Boston Herald. New York's CC Sabathia, who got the other three first-place votes, was third with 102 points.
Hernandez was considered the favorite, his overall body of work, headlined by a major-league leading 2.27 ERA, off-setting his pedestrian 13-12 record for a last-place 61-101 Mariners team.
Price, who was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA, and Sabathia, 21-7 and 3.18, were expected to split support among voters - two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in each league city - who favor wins and give credit for pitching in a pennant race.
Silverman explained his Price-less ballot in this blog post, essentially that he was down to Price and Boston's Jon Lester for the fifth spot and went with Lester: "Like I said, very tough call. They tied in wins, were very close in innings pitched and WHIP. Price had a healthy lead in ERA – 2.72 vs. 3.25 – and Lester had a healthy lead in both strikeouts and strikeouts per nine innings. I remember being pretty torn on this vote. The opponents’ batting results gave Lester a slight advantage — .628 vs. .637 – and I went with Lester. Besides in the ERA category, I didn’t see him with a decisive edge over most of the other Cy contenders.''
Here is a breakdown of the first-place votes:
Ken Rosenthal, Fox; Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe; Michael Silverman, Boston Herald; Erik Boland, Newsday; Joe Smith, St. Petersburg Times; Mark Gonzales, Chicago Tribune; Lynn Henning, Detroit News; John Lowe, Detroit Free Press; Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star; Joe Posnanski, SI.com; Joe Christensen, Minneapolis Star Tribune; John Shipley, St. Paul Pioneer Press; Hirokazu Higuchi, Chunichi Shimbun (LA); Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports; Jorge Ortiz, USA Today; Ray Ratto, At Large (SF/Oakland); Kirby Arnold, Everett Herald; Larry Stone, Seattle Times; Richard Durrett, At Large (Dallas-Fort Worth); Anthony Andro, Fort Worth Star Telegram; Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star.
Mel Antonen, USA Today; Tony Fabrizio, Tampa Tribune; Phil Rogers, Chicago Tribune; Chris Assenheimer, Elyria (OH) Chronicle.
George King, New York Post; Bob Elliott, Toronto Sun; Sheldon Ocker, Akron Beacon Journal.
Price, 23, was excited to be considered. "It would be awesome for me to win it in my first full season," Price said Wednesday. "I hope I do.
Here is how NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay viewed it: “Obviously Felix’s numbers are very, very impressive. But I think, ultimately, you look at how guys are able to win games. Sometimes the run support isn’t there, but you sometimes just find ways to win games. I think the guys that are winning and helping their teams deserve a strong look, regardless of how good Felix’s numbers are. It definitely could go either way; it’s going to be interesting. But I think when teams bring guys over, they want them to, ultimately at the end of the day, help them win games.”
Times writer Joe Smith voted Hernandez first, Price second and Sabathia third.