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  • fantasy2011 fantasy2011 Sep 30, 2008 11:58 AM Flag

    Lincecum - Cy Young

    Everyone knows that "Tiny" Tim Lincecum just struck out 13 Dodgers in 7 innings, with an amazing 9 Ks through the first the first 3 frames.

    It's common knowledge that his 2.62 ERA is 2nd in the NL to Johna Santana, and that he leads all pitchers with 265 Ks.


    Surely you're all aware that Lincecum won 18 games for a team that scored a meager 640 runs in 2008, 2nd to last in the MLB.

    And of course, the front-runners for the 2008 Cy Young are...
    Brandon Webb and CC Sabathia?



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    I wonder, will The Baseball Writers of America consider the game on July 28? With the Diamondbacks meeting the Giants at Comerica Park, Lincecum outdueled Cy Young rival Brandon Webb through seven innings, only to have Tyler Walker blow the save, granting Webb a win.

    Will the voters consider that Lincecum's post-break BAA is .193, better than Brandon and CC?

    If Cy Young voting is based on the success of the team, and all signs indicate that this is the case, then perhaps the award should be given to CC Sabathia for helping the Brewers into the playoffs.

    And if past accolades factor into the decision, then Brandon Webb ('06 NL Cy Young) and Sabathia ('07 AL Cy Young) are certainly deserving players.

    But, pound-for-pound, Tim Lincecum has turned in the best individual pitching performance of 2008. His team didn't trade for big names like Dunn and Sabathia. In a hitter's park, Lincecum mowed down Major League hitters from April to September, with and ERA of under 2.98 in 4 of the 6 months.

    This youngster should absolutely not be denied his first of many Cy Young awards.

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