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SBN Votes: Felix Hernandez For American League Cy Young

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Every year, SB Nation likes to poll the collective baseball writers and figure out our own winners of the major awards. For those wondering, Jason Heyward and Austin Jackson won close votes in the rookie of the year competitions (only three points separated Jackson and Neftali Feliz), but since there were no Red Sox even close to those votes, I figured we'd just skip ahead to the Cy Young winners.

The winner was, by a very long shot, Felix Hernandez, and it's no surprise to me. King Felix had the best combination of peripherals and results by far, recording the league's best ERA and third best xFIP. The wins weren't there, no, but come on. That's not actually a pitcher's results.

Full votes follow the jump:

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Felix 21 4 3 1 174
Lee 4 9 4 1 2 80
Price 2 5 4 1 3 51
Sabathia 1 4 4 4 3 46
Verlander 1 3 3 6 1 41
Weaver 2 2 7 2 30
Liriano 1 5 1 4 25
Lester 1 1 3 6 19
Buchholz 2 4 2 16
Soriano 1 1 4
Cahill 1 2 4
Greinke 3 3


For the most part, these are about the names you expect, but oh, if it doesn't inspire a little bit of homer rage.  To being with, it's hard to understand the reasoning behind the votes putting Price so far above Buchholz, especially with two first place votes (for the record, each blog gets two votes...yeah. E and I had the honors for Over The Monster). While it's certainly easy to argue that price had a better season, it's hard to argue that he had a better season by the same virtues that would put him first or second in Cy Young voting.

And then there's Jon Lester and C.C. Sabathia. Always, always C.C. Sabathia. Sabathia's one real claim to greatness this year was in wins--and that comes thanks largely in part to incredible run support from the Yankees. Lester had him beat easily in FIP and xFIP. Other than that, he's seventh in ERA, tenth in FIP, tenth in xFIP, and, somehow, fourth place in points. Every year people claim that it's time for Lester to breakout, and every year I wonder where they've been the last few years. But until it's established and accepted that Lester is the better ace, there'll be something more to prove to the non-believers.

For those interested, here are the National League results:


1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Halladay 33 231
Wainwright 16 5 10 2 101
Jimenez 8 16 5 1 91
Johnson 7 9 9 5 78
Lincecum 2 2 4 8 30
Hudson 2 5 9
Latos 1 2 1 8
Oswalt 1 4 6
Kershaw 3 3
Hamels 2 2
Marmol 1 1
Garcia 1 1


Yeah, that one wasn't very divided...