|2012 MLB Cy Young Award Winners|
In recent years, Topps has reserved six cards within Series 1 for the AL and NL award winners that are being announced this week. Unfortunately, this year's preliminary checklist doesn't specify what numbers are being held for the them. But this afternoon, MLB announced the winners of the Cy Young Award in both the National and American Leagues.
Congratulations to both R. A. Dickey of the New York Mets and David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays for winning the National League and American League Cy Young Awards. Statistically speaking, the awards could have gone to anybody. As with the Rookie of the Year awards that were announced on Monday, while one player ran away with the votes, it was a very tight race in the other league. Take a look.
Price had a career year in 2012, going 20-5 with a league leading 2.56 ERA, 205 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.100, 2 complete games, and one shutout. His win was very close as the margin between him and the runner-up was four points (153 points, 14 first place votes) over last year's AL Cy Young winner Justin Verlander of the Tigers (149, 13). The rest of the pack include Jered Weaver of the Angels (70), Felix Hernandez of the Mariners (41), Rays teammate Fernando Rodney (38, 1), Chris Sale of the White Sox (17), Jim Johnson of the Orioles (5), and Rangers starters Matt Harrison (2), and Yu Darvish (1).
R. A.'s win came in large part thanks to 20-6 record, 2.73 ERA, a league leading 230 strikeouts, a WHIP of 1.053, five complete games, and 3 shutouts. The knuckleballer did run away with the award in the balloting, taking 27 of the 32 first place votes (209 points). Last year's Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers finished second (96, 2 first place votes), followed by Gio Gonzalez of the Nationals (93, 1), Johnny Cueto of the Reds (75, 1), Craig Kimbrel of the Braves (41, 1), Matt Cain of the Giants (22), Kyle Lohse of the Cardinals (6), Aroldis Chapman of the Reds (1), and Cole Hamels of the Phillies (1).
The fun continues on Thursday when the Most Valuable Players in both leagues are announced. Let the debates continue. Did your guy win???