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Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

Posted on: September 7, 2011 10:37 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2011 9:45 am
 


By C. Trent Rosecrans

During the week, Eye on Baseball will be profiling candidates to win baseball's major awards after the season. Today: the AL Cy Young Award winner.

View contenders for the: AL MVP | NL MVP | AL Cy Young

Over in the American League, the engraver can already get the Cy Young Award ready, but in the National League it's a different story -- at this point it's not even an easy discussion when asking who is the Phillies' best pitcher. And just as surprising is that the answer to that question may not be the winner of the National League's Cy Young. Here's five of the leading contenders to be named the National League's best pitcher.

Roy Halladay, Phillies: Last year's winner could certainly repeat. Halladay's been… well, Roy Halladay. He's 16-5 with a 2.49 ERA and pitched seven complete games (although no shutouts). Halladay's so good and so consistent, he's just kind of boring. Sure, he leads baseball with 7.5 strikeouts for every walk and he will strike out 200 for the fourth year in a row, it's just… lacking the sizzle. He may be the best, but there's at least a question.

Cole Hamels, Phillies: While he's often an afterthought in the Phillies' rotation, the 27-year-old lefty is easily the best third starter in baseball. He's 13-7 with a 2.63 ERA and leads the National League with a .968 WHIP. Hamels did miss a couple of starts when he went on the disabled list with left shoulder inflammation last month, hurting his counting stats, which probably knocks him out of contention for the big award. But voters have to vote for five pitchers, so he'll get some votes.

Ian Kennedy, Diamondbacks: The National League's leader in wins (18), Kennedy is the newcomer to this race and also gets bonus points for helping his team to the playoffs (while not as big of a factor as it is in the MVP vote, it can't hurt). The 26-year-old right-hander also leads in winning percentage (.818), but his ERA (2.96) isn't in the same neighborhood as the others in this list. He'll get votes, but won't win the award.

Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers: Now here's your hard charger in the race, putting up an 8-1 record with a 1.44 ERA in the second half of the season. Overall he's 17-5 with a 2.45 ERA and a league-leading 222 strikeouts. Wins for a pitcher don't mean what they once did, but the fact that he's won 17 games (and could end up leading the league) with a bad Dodgers team may make his stats even more impressive. His ERA is second-best in the league behind Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto (2.36).

Cliff Lee, Phillies: And finally there's Lee, who has lived up to the offseason pursuit of his services. Lee is 16-7 with a 2.47 ERA and six shutouts -- only Pittsburgh and St. Louis have as many as three complete-game shutouts by starters this season. He's had two historic months -- going 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA and three shutouts in June and then going 5-0 with a 0.45 ERA and one shutout in August. He allowed just one run in June and two in August. He followed up his hot August with another shutout in his first start of September. He's also second to Kershaw in strikeouts (204) and second in strikeout-to-walk ration (5.1).

Who is the best candidate to win the NL Cy Young Award? We'll answer that later in the year, but have your say in the comments. 

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Comments

Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:54 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

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If you can't figure out who wins the award from the Phillies pitchers, how can you give it to any of them.  Phillies are the best team, hands down in the NL, 7 loses by Hamels and Lee throw them out.  Halladay is a stud and commands the rotation but really, who couldn't pitch effectly behind that lineup.  For my money, its Kennedy or Kershaw for the award.  Kennedy for where the Diamondbacks are in the standings and Kershaw because he is better than anyone else this season.



Since: Dec 14, 2010
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:52 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

That argument does not make any sense.  Just becasue they have three really great pitchers, none of them can win a Cy Young? The top three choices, Halladay, Kershaw, and Lee, are clearly the front runners and no one else really has a chance.  All three of them are having amazing seasons and a great argument could be made for Kershaw, but to say the other two cannot win it since they are on the same team is non sensical.  Also to say Kershaw has been the best this season as if its not debatable is a little unfair. He has had one more start than the other two and they are all very very close.  Halladay has the highest WAR by a safe margin for whatever that is worth to you



Since: Jun 7, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 10:35 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

I'm a Phillies fan, but I believe Kershaw or Kennedy will get the award.  Unless Lee goes on another remarkable run in Sept there are too many contending pitchers form the Phils which will dilute their appeal to the voters.   It's not that the Phils pitchers aren't deserving, it's just how the voters tend to view the candidates.  

 



Since: Aug 30, 2009
Posted on: September 9, 2011 4:43 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

Cliff Lee wins it going away and easily.  Kershaw wouldn't have won 20-22 w/ the best team in baseball; the Phillies in case you haven't been watching.  His ERA is only .02 better than Lee's and Lee is 16-7. 

I'm tired of people giving extra points to the guy on the bad team and the "he would win more on a better team" arguement is mostly BS.  Pitching numbers speak for themselves.  Kershaw is a good pitcher on a bad team, but the numbers prove on a better team his record wouldn't be much better than it is, if at all.

One of the Phillies will win the Cy Young.  Lee is the front runner, Halladay is second and Hamels isn't far behind either of them.  Kershaw gets a pat on the back for a good season.



Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: September 9, 2011 12:30 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

Kershaw. He would have already won 20-22 games on a team that can score runs. 17 wins so far on the sub-500 Dodgers shows just how good he is.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 7:14 pm
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

I think that Lee will keep his run going and take the award in the end. When he gets hot he is unstoppable. Hamel's should have more wins, but he never gets any run support so that takes him out of the race for sure. If Lee doesn't get the award I think it will probably Kershaw, because he gets wins even for the struggling Dodgers. 



Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:24 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

I like Ian Kennedy, but he has not been as dominating as Halliday or Kershaw!! It will come done to those two!!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: September 8, 2011 10:08 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

As much as i love my Phillies, this Award will probably go to kershaw.  He's incredibly dominant on a bad team and the command of his electrifying stuff gives the voters the "sizzle&q
uot; they seem to look for when voting for the award.  Cueto and Gallardo and Kimbrel may get some votes as well.




Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: September 8, 2011 9:34 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

If you can't figure out who wins the award from the Phillies pitchers, how can you give it to any of them.  Phillies are the best team, hands down in the NL, 7 loses by Hamels and Lee throw them out.  Halladay is a stud and commands the rotation but really, who couldn't pitch effectly behind that lineup.  For my money, its Kennedy or Kershaw for the award.  Kennedy for where the Diamondbacks are in the standings and Kershaw because he is better than anyone else this season.



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 8:02 am
 

Phillies crowd NL Cy Young chase

i think cliff lee will take the nl cy young convincingly by the end of the season


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