Ryan Craig

Greinke should win AL Cy Young

Posted September 23, 2009

Every year around this time we begin to discuss the candidacies of several Cy Young and MVP contenders, and this season is no different.

The NL MVP was wrapped up by Albert Pujols before Easter, and the engraver for the AL version should already be double-checking the spelling of the word “Mauer.”

As for the Cy Young awards, that’s a different story.

With guys like Tim Lincecum, Adam Wainwright and Chris Carpenter all on contending teams in the National League, the race is tighter than a Drew Brees spiral. In the AL, there is a guy on a non-contending team that in my opinion is lapping the field.

That man is Zack Greinke.

Greinke likely won’t end up with the league lead in wins and he most certainly won’t lead his team to the World Series, the playoffs, or even a .500 record.

Instead, he is putting together one of the best pitching seasons nobody will ever remember.

At 15-8, his win total seems modest - after all, 20 wins has been and will continue to be the benchmark for pitching greatness in any one year.

But when it comes to pitching, wins can actually be one of the game's most misleading statistics.

Pitchers that play for high powered offenses can often still win games even when they aren’t throwing their best simply because their team can outscore its opponent.

C.C. Sabathia of the Yankees – one of Greinke’s main competitors for this year award - for instance, has won six games in which he gave up three earned runs or more. Greinke, on the other hand, has lost three games in which he gave up two runs or less.

Greinke has eight no decisions this year – his ERA in those contests? Less than 2.00.

If he’s on the Yankees or Red Sox, chances are he wins at least three-quarters of those games - add six to his current total, and he’s already at 21 with two starts left to add to the total.

Sure, he won’t be able to say he led his team to the postseason, but it’s not like Greinke didn’t hold up his end of the bargain. Against the teams that will likely make the playoffs in the AL this year - the Yankees, Red Sox, Tigers and Angels – the former sixth-overall pick in the 2002 draft has allowed a ridiculous five earned runs in 58 innings.

The 6-foot-2 right-hander leads the league in ERA, WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched), shutouts, and home runs per nine innings, and he’s second in the AL in strikeouts and complete games.

The sixth-year pro is consistent, durable, and most importantly, equipped with nasty stuff.

He’s an ace, so he goes against every other team’s number one, and he does it every five days knowing that no matter what he does, it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Starting pitchers on contending teams have a fan base, coaching staff and dugout full of players keeping them psyched for the possibility of a World Championship.

It’s harder to go out to the mound from mid-June on knowing there is nothing to play for other than pride and a paycheck, and yet there Greinke is, as reliable as his face looks young.

Felix Hernandez, the player with the league's second-best pitching resume, has ERA and WHIP numbers that are at least in the same realm as Greinke (though both are worse), but he’s walked 24 more batters while striking out 28 less.

Greinke and his team have already lost 88 times this year - this is one contest he should win.


 

Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
Listen & Watch
  • HighSchoolOT Live

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on WRAL-2

  • Football Friday

    Tomorrow at 11:35 pm on WRAL-TV

  • ACC Football: Pittsburgh @ Georgia Tech

    Saturday at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone

    Sunday at 11:00 am on WRAL-TV

  • Golf: The Tour Championship

    Sunday at 1:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Oakland @ Washington

    Friday, Sep. 29 at 8:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • College Football: Duke at North Carolina

    Saturday at 3:30 pm on Buzz Sports Radio

AP Top 25
Thu, Sept 21
7Halftime
21
20
Fri, Sept 22
23
7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 北京时间7:30 MST9:30 EST
Preview
Sat, Sept 23
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
12
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
19
9:00 PT10:00 MT11:00 CT12:00 ET4:00 GMT12:00 北京时间9:00 MST11:00 EST
Preview
10
11:00 PT12:00 MT1:00 CT2:00 ET6:00 GMT2:00 北京时间11:00 MST1:00 EST
Preview
13
5
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
2
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
14
16
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
6
1
12:30 PT1:30 MT2:30 CT3:30 ET7:30 GMT3:30 北京时间12:30 MST2:30 EST
Preview
8
1:00 PT2:00 MT3:00 CT4:00 ET8:00 GMT4:00 北京时间1:00 MST3:00 EST
Preview
3:00 PT4:00 MT5:00 CT6:00 ET10:00 GMT6:00 北京时间3:00 MST5:00 EST
Preview
18
3
3:30 PT4:30 MT5:30 CT6:30 ET10:30 GMT6:30 北京时间3:30 MST5:30 EST
Preview
22
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
17
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
11
4:00 PT5:00 MT6:00 CT7:00 ET11:00 GMT7:00 北京时间4:00 MST6:00 EST
Preview
25
4
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
20
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
15
4:30 PT5:30 MT6:30 CT7:30 ET11:30 GMT7:30 北京时间4:30 MST6:30 EST
Preview
24
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
Preview
7
7:00 PT8:00 MT9:00 CT10:00 ET2:00 GMT10:00 北京时间7:00 MST9:00 EST
Preview
NFL Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
LA Rams1711:44
2nd Qtr
San Francisco7
Sunday, Sep. 24
Baltimore 6:30 PT7:30 MT8:30 CT9:30 ET13:30 GMT21:30 6:30 MST8:30 EST8:30 CT17:30 UAE9:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Jacksonville 
Denver 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Buffalo 
New Orleans 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Carolina 
Pittsburgh 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Chicago 
Atlanta 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Detroit 
Cleveland 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Indianapolis 
Tampa Bay 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Minnesota 
Houston 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
New England 
Miami 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
NY Jets 
NY Giants 10:00 PT11:00 MT12:00 CT1:00 ET17:00 GMT1:00 10:00 MST12:00 EST12:00 CT21:00 UAE13:00 ETNaN:�
Preview
Philadelphia 
Seattle 1:05 PT2:05 MT3:05 CT4:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 MST3:05 EST3:05 CT0:05 UAE (+1)16:05 ETNaN:�
Preview
Tennessee 
Cincinnati 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ETNaN:�
Preview
Green Bay 
Kansas City 1:25 PT2:25 MT3:25 CT4:25 ET20:25 GMT4:25 1:25 MST3:25 EST3:25 CT0:25 UAE (+1)16:25 ETNaN:�
Preview
LA Chargers 
Oakland 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Washington 
Monday, Sep. 25
Dallas 5:30 PT6:30 MT7:30 CT8:30 ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 MST7:30 EST7:30 CT4:30 UAE (+1)20:30 ETNaN:�
Preview
Arizona 
NHL Preseason
Vancouver2Final
Los Angeles5
New Jersey213:20
3rd
Montreal1
Philadelphia110:27
3rd
Boston1
Winnipeg010:40
2nd
Minnesota1
Detroit00:20
1st
Chicago1
Dallas015:47
1st
Colorado2
Vegas 7:30 PT8:30 MT9:30 CT10:30 ET2:30 GMT10:30 7:30 MST9:30 EST6:30 UAE (+1)22:30 ETNaN:� BRT
San Jose 
Minor League Baseball
International League
Memphis 4:07 PT5:07 MT6:07 CT7:07 ET12:07 GMT
Durham 
Evian Champ (LPGA)
PosNameScoreThru
1A. Nordqvist - z-9F
2B. Altomare - y-9F
3tM. Jutanugarn-8F
3tK. Kirk-8F
3tL. Ko-8F
6tS. Feng-7F
6tS. Kim-7F
8J. Song-6F
9M. Lee-5F
10tG. Hall-4F
View Full Leaderboard
z = Won in Playoff   y = Lost in Playoff
 
ATP Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
St. Petersburg Open (ATP)
Second Round
(1) R. Bautista A6 4 6   
R. Dutra Silv4 6 0   
(7) V. Troicki77 4 6   
G. Pella63 6 4   
(5) P. Kohlschrei     
R. Berankis     
(8) J. Struff6 6    
T. Fabbiano1 4    
(3) F. Fognini6 4 6   
M. Youzhny4 6 4   
(2) J. Tsonga77 3 6   
J. Sousa61 6 2   
 
Moselle Open (ATP)
Second Round
(4) G. Muller4 4    
N. Basilashvi6 6    
D. Istomin6 66 77   
Y. Maden3 78 60   
(5) M. Zverev6 6    
H. Laaksonen4 4    
K. De Scheppe6 7    
N. Mahut4 5    
(7) B. Paire6 6    
M. Granollers1 2    
(3) L. Pouille64 66    
M. Copil77 78    
(2) D. Goffin3 6 6   
N. Almagro6 3 3   
 
WTA Scoreboard
Thursday, Sep. 21
Guangzhou Women's Open (WTA)
Quarterfinals
A. Krunic6 6    
R. Peterson1 1    
(6) A. Cornet1 65    
Y. Wickmayer6 77    
(2) S. Zhang6 6    
K. Kozlova1 1    
E. Rodina6 77    
L. Cabrera1 64    
 
Korea Open (WTA)
Second Round
(4) S. Cirstea6 6    
N. Gibbs3 3    
P. Hon7 6    
A. Rus5 4    
(1) J. Ostapenko6 6    
N. Hibino2 2    
 
Toray Pan Pacific Open (WTA)
Second Round
(9) C. Garcia6 6    
K. Nara1 3    
(4) J. Konta5 65    
B. Strycova7 77    
(3) C. Wozniacki4 6 6   
S. Rogers6 1 4   
(5) D. Cibulkova6 6    
K. Siniakova2 2