CC Sabathia pitched more innings than Jered Weaver this past season. He won more games than Weaver, had more strikeouts and a better K rate than Weaver, had better GB and HR rates than Weaver. He had a lower FIP, lower xFIP, and accumulated 1.5 more WAR than Weaver.
CC also had more wins, Ks, and a better K rate than James Shields. He walked fewer guys than Shields and had a better BB/9 as well. The gap between CC's FIP and Shields' is even wider than the gap between CC and Weaver. And CC had 2.2 more WAR than Shields in 2011.
And somehow CC Sabathia finished behind these other 2 in the AL Cy Young voting yesterday. In the grand scheme of things it didn't really matter, as Justin Verlander all but locked up the unanimous award some time in late August. But the difference between finishing 2nd and 4th in the voting probably cost CC what would have been a much-deserved bonus, a bonus he could have used to buy some more kickass custom Air Jordan baseball cleats.
I'm calling shenanigans on the BWAA. This is ridiculous.
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