The third chapter of MLB’s Postseason Awards unfolds as the 2012 Cy Young Award winners are announced. A tight field on both sides of the ledger with four 20 game winners and all ERA’s below 2.90. The numbers for all six could win the Cy Young in just about any year.
David Price has been on the high prospect radar for several years, and this year scored with his first (of what could be many) Cy Young Awards. After busting on the scene in 2008 in the Tampa Bay Rays World Series run, then winning 19 games in 2010 (and finishing 2nd in the Cy Young Award voting to Felix Hernandez), he put all doubts to rest with a 20-5 record, 2.56 ERA, and 205 strikeouts, leading the AL in the first two categories, and finishing 6th in the last. There’s no question that Price is a star of the future of the C.C. Sabathia mold, as he enters his free agency years, there will be a lot of high bidders for his talents. Price won the closest vote since 1969 in besting 2011 Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander (DET) by 4 points. Jered Weaver (LAA) finished 3rd.
An improbable winner to say the least, Dickey had won as much as 11 games only once in his career. Which started as a traditional hurler, and now as a knuckleballer, he’s found his niche. The numbers are more than deserving, 20-6, 2.73 ERA, and a league leading 230 strikeouts. Other categories in which he led the league include starts (33), complete games (5), shutouts (3), and innings (233 2/3). Winning 20 games on a team that won 74 total. He was also an All Star and pitched a scoreless frame there. He’s on the trade market, seems like a nice fit for a contending team! Dickey edged out Clayton Kershaw (LA) with Gio Gonzalez (WAS) finishing a distant 3rd.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Most Valuable Player
– Dave (@lhd_on_sports)