Price waiting for Cy Young news
Rays lefty David Price is anxiously awaiting this afternoon's 2 p.m announcement of the AL Cy Young Award.
Price has a chance to win, though most predictions have the award going to Seattle's Felix Hernandez. New York's CC Sabathia is also a top candidate.
The voting will reflect an interesting debate in terms of the emphasis some voters - two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in each league city - put on wins, which would favor Sabathia, who won a league-high 21, and Price, who won 19, while pitching in the pressure of a pennant race, versus Hernandez, who only won 13 for a bad Mariners team but led the majors with a 2.27 ERA, while ranking near the top of the AL in every category but wins. Complicating it more, there's a strong chance Price and Sabathia will split votes of those looking at wins.
Price was voted the AL's top pitcher in the Players Choice awards, while Hernandez was the choice in the Sporting News poll of 24 general managers.
Here's how NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay put it: "Felix’s numbers are very, very impressive, but ultimately they look at how guys are able to win games. Sometimes the run support isn’t there, but you find ways to win games. Guys who are winning deserve a strong look no matter what Felix’s numbers are. When teams bring pitchers over, ultimately they want to win games.”
And here's another way to look at it: Hernandez had 12 starts in which he gave up two or fewer two earned runs and didn't win, reflective of pitching for a team with one of the worst offenses in the DH era. Price had five games like that, and Sabathia three.