Price is the players' choice
Posted on: October 29, 2010 1:23 am
Edited on: October 29, 2010 3:34 am
The most debated postseason award this year is the American League Cy Young. CC Sabathia or Felix Hernandez? Hernandez or Sabathia?
Their peers have spoken, and their answer is: neither.
It was announced Thursday that Tampa Bay's David Price was named the AL's outstanding pitcher in the Players Choice Awards. Price was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA this season, his first full season in the majors.
Price didn't lead the league in anything -- he was third in ERA (Hernandez was tops at 2.27) and second in wins (Sabathia had 21). But the Rays were 23-8 when Price started, and he was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in September as the Rays held off the Yankees and won the AL East.
Obviously the other players in the league were impressed with Price, and he probably benefited from a split of votes between Sabathia and Hernandez. Could this portend a surprise in the Cy Young results, which will be announced November 18?
"I would definitely like to have that one, but this is pretty close," he told the Tampa Tribune. "I feel this is just an equivalent, if not as much gratification."
-- David Andriesen
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