bigkg, on Friday, July 3rd, 2009, 2:04 PM, said:
I hope you're not trying to say that Lincecum is undeserving. If I had a vote I'd likely vote for Timmy.Haren's 7.53 K/BB is damn good, but also much better than he has ever done. His BAA is .194, which is also remarkable but again likely due to regress given his .241 BABIP. That number also helps explain his incredibly low .81 WHIP and 84.2% LOB. This isn't to say he hasn't pitched well, in fact he has pitched very well posting a 2.76 FIP. Lincecum has been amazing, and I would be shocked if he didn't walk away with the Cy Young again. Using only the numbers I used with Haren, Lincecum has a 4.71 K/BB, .226 BAA, 1.07 WHIP and a 76.2% LOB all while having a BABIP of .322. All of this resulting in a 1.99 FIP.
Didn't mean to come off like that, I was referring more to a Pedro snub, Halladay's and Johan's lack of recognition in Cy Young races because their teams weren't good enough, stuff like that. Timmy is beyond impressive, and extremely deserving. If you look at Haren's career month-by-month, you'll probably notice (I didn't do this myself, and I'm only basing it on a couple of seasons of fantasy that I followed him) his first half's are amazing, and he generally pitches league-average or a little better than that the rest of the year. Two years ago in Oakland he started off gangbusters, similar to this year, but his ERA rose 18 starts in a row because of how good he was in the first half, and he finished with a 3.32. So I expect a similar trend to emerge this year, but whenever a starter keeps his WHIP under 1.00 for a year, I'm beyond impressed.