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Colon Silently Thanking His Run Support
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
Don't disparage my W's!

The AL Cy Young award was given to Bartolo Colon today, edging out Mo and Santana by a surprising margin. While he certainly had a solid season, Colon really didn't put up the same performance that either of his top two competitors did. He finished the year with a 3.48 ERA and struck out 157, which put him behind seven others in the AL. How do these voters look at Colon's numbers and see the best pitcher in the league?! His numbers are nothing to sneeze at, sure, but they don't seem like they should warrant an award as prestigious as the Cy Young. No matter, though - Colon was saved by that magic letter that seems to be the only factor pitchers are judged by: the W. He was the only 20+ game winner in the league, clearly setting him apart from the others. Perhaps I would be debated by Colon or other pitchers, but I am of the mindset that wins really do not tell the whole story. I don't put much value in to the W-L record. I am at a loss for why people place such heavy weight on the number of wins a pitcher earns, when it is clear that other factors will slap a heavy bias on the win-loss record one way or the other. I'm sure Clemens would like to have run support talked about a bit more. A pitcher can pitch a two-hitter and get a loss, or let five earned runs come in and take home a win thanks to some power hitting by his offense. Colon's impressive win-loss record is more a testament to the strength of the Angels' offense than to his pitching prowess!

Both Mariano and Santana had spectacular years in 2005; Mariano posted a career best 1.38 ERA, while Santana finished with a 2.87 ERA and 238 strikeouts, both of them easily surpassing Colon. I am crossing my fingers that the NL award goes the very deserving Clemens, despite his unfortunate 13-8 record (thanks for the run support, Houston).

I realize that talent needs to be quantified in some way (thank you, Sabermetrics!), but there are plenty better benchmarks to look at than wins or saves. Someday, when I start my "Play By My Rules" baseball league, wins, losses, and saves wont even appear on the box.


posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, November 08, 2005  
  • At 4:46 PM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…

    The sooner the people giving out these awards ignore the W and S columns, the better.

    All of these awards are a joke at some point. Bobby Abreu gets a Gold Glove? Derek Jeter is the best fielding SS in the AL? Please.

  • At 4:53 PM, Blogger Yankees Chick said…

    who do you think is a better fielding SS than Jeter?

  • At 6:24 PM, Anonymous metsrtehsux0r said…

    The Jeter debate should certainly be interesting, but I wanted to talk about Bart, the least deserving Cy Young award winner in a very long time.

    You have to wonder how it feels to win an award when you're not even the most deserving guy on your own team, much less in the league. If I'm managing that Angels club and need one game, with any pitcher to choose from, I'm handing the ball to Lackey before Colon.

    Lackey is far less likely to give up a crucial home run and can be counted on for more strikeouts than Colon, both things I want from a top pitcher. I have to admit that I wouldn't even consider Rivera though either, because if a pitcher didn't put up 200 IP this year I wouldn't vote for them.

    I would have put Santana, Buehrle, and Lackey ahead of Colon though, in that order.

    But, I am interested to hear who was a better fielding shortstop in the AL that Derek was this year.

  • At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Mets Guy said…


    Uribe, Peralta, Cabrera, Scutaro and Tejada.

    Even without stats, it should be obvious that Uribe is far and above the rest of the Shortstops in the AL.

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