11/17/11, "Clayton Kershaw is your National League Cy Young
Award winner. Congratulations to him.
I wish I had time to write an obnoxiously long breakdown of my ballot, but it's a travel day for me. So here is my ballot, followed by some
- 1. Roy Halladay, Philadelphia
- 2. Cliff Lee, Philadelphia
- 3. Kershaw
- 4. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia
- 5. Ian Kennedy, Arizona
- OK, now here come some general thoughts:
1. As I type this, I have no idea
how many wins each pitcher recorded, although I know that Kershaw won the old-fashioned "Pitching triple crown."
So wins are inconsequential for the purpose of my ballot
. Pitcher wins are inconsequential in life, if you think about it.
Both Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs have him first in Wins Above Replacement. Because his 6.29 strikeouts-to-walks ratio led the National League. Why Lee second?
Because he was pretty close to Kershaw in every major category, and then I looked at their respective splits
. It's hard to ignore that Kershaw feasted on the carcass of the Giants, the NL's worst offensive team of 2011
. Kershaw pitched 42 innings over six starts against the Giants; that's 18 percent of his workload
. He threw another 25 1/3 innings, over three starts, against the awful Padres, second-worst in the NL
. He tallied a 1.07 ERA against San Francisco and 1.78 against San Diego. On one hand, Kershaw's schedule isn't his fault;
he didn't create the NL West to be a pitcher's paradise. On the other hand, I don't think we should view these numbers in a vacuum. The more context, the better.
Any other questions/concerns, I'm happy to answer them....
And now I'm leaving. Thanks for reading this week. Tune in tomorrow morning for the first Comment Winter Olympics of the season."