The Major League Baseball playoffs begin this afternoon, and while all the writers at The Sports Debates are excited about that, we thought we’d use today to take a look at the American League Cy Young race and the fascinating, unique breakdown of the top two candidates.
There are two obvious candidates, and if you’ve followed the American League at all this season you know who they are. In one corner we have C.C. Sabathia. He finished the season with 21 wins, which was two more wins than anyone else in the American League. Yet, he finished with an ERA of 3.18, which was good enough for seventh in the AL. It’s also important to note that Sabathia is starting game one for the Yankees on Wednesday night.
In the other corner we have Felix Hernandez. While King Felix can’t come close to matching the wins that Sabathia had, he dwarfs his counterpart in this debate with an ERA of 2.27, which was good enough for first in the AL. Obviously, the guy had dominant stuff.
So what shall we do? Who deserves the AL Cy Young award?
Babe Ruthless will argue that C.C. Sabathia deserves the Cy Young award because the win-loss record truly defines the value of the Cy Young award. Sports Geek, on the other hand, will argue that Felix Hernandez deserves the award because a pitcher’s ERA defines true dominance.