Presented without comment (courtesy Clutchiness)
That’s what they’re saying on the news, anyway. Apparently a plane registered to him flew into a condo tower on the Upper East Side in Manhattan trying to swerve away from a glass tower. He liked flying down the East River to look at the skyline, and appears to have been doing just that today.
For more, go to CNN.com
Now it’s time to give out the award for the best pitcher. I’m going to do it the same way as I did the ROY, by naming my top 5 from each league. I also won’t rely on wins and losses. I won’t even look at them, even though I will list them. You get to a point where that means very little. If you’re a pitcher and you go 8 strong innings and your manager pulls you and the bullpen blows it…is that your fault? Should you get penalized because you didn’t get that WIN? Your team lost, not just you. You shouldn’t be penalized in the CY Young award rankings because you lost a game in the standings.
Anyway, let’s check out the previous years: Bartolo Colon (AL 2005), Chris Carpenter (NL 2005), Johan Santana (AL 2004), Roger Clemens (NL 2004) And that Colon CY Young? Johan Santana had more innings, more Ks, a better ERA, better WHIP, and gave up less homers. But he had two less wins!!!! TWO LESS WINS?!?! Well I never!
Oh, and you won’t be seeing any relievers on these lists. They just don’t pitch enough for my liking. And most of those who read this site know my feelings about the save stat, so…there we are.
Let’s check out 2006:
5. Erik Bedard (SP, Baltimore Orioles)
- 15-11 196.1 IP, 3.76 ERA, 1.35 WHIP 39.7 VORP
- 171 Ks, 69 walks (2. 48 K:BB), 7.84 K per 9, 16 homers, .258 OBA
Bedard had a very good season after his breakout year in 05. His very low homer total showed that he didn’t leave many fat ones over the plate for hitters, and thus his peripheral numbers are very good. I would pick Bedard going in 2007 to be battling for 2nd best American League pitcher.
4. Jeremy Bonderman (SP, Detroit Tigers)
- 14-8 214 IP, 4.08 ERA, 1.30 WHIP 39.2 VORP
- 202 Ks, 64 walks (3.16 K:BB) 8.50 K per 9, 18 homers, .259 OBA
The 4th and 5th spots in the AL are very tough to pick, with several guys having similar looking stats. As you can tell, I’m not too concerned about lowest ERA here, simply because there is a variable of luck involved in one’s ERA. Bonderman had great peripheral stats, and prevented people from putting the ball in play. This is HUGE, and I give a lot of weight to that. Bonderman has already shown in the playoffs that he is a formidable pitcher, though I didn’t factor that into this ranking. The interesting thing about all this is that he did worse in Detroit than on the road in ERA and WHIP, for whatever reason.
3. CC Sabathia (SP, Cleveland Indians)
- 12-11, 192.2 IP, 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHP 46 VORP
- 172 Ks, 44 walks (3.90 K:BB), 8.03 K per 9, 17 homers, .247 OBA
A big ranking for a big man. And great control to go along with that immense size. Sabathia’s iffy win-loss record will surely drive away some CY Young voters who only look on the surface, but looking at how few homers he gave up, how much he controlled baserunners and kept them off, he deserves to be 3rd this year. Indians fans can hope next year that their team rides back from obscurity partly because of Sabathia.
2. Roy Halladay (SP, Toronto Blue Jays)
- 16-5 220 IP, 3.19 ERA, 1.10 WHIP 68.2 VORP
- 132 K, 34 walks (3.88 K:BB), 5.4 K per 9, 19 homers .251 OBA
He had another good year in his nice career. Problem is, it doesn’t bode well for the next couple years…why? His peripheral numbers are declining. While he’s still very accurate, he’s less accurate than he was, and he’s striking out a LOT less guys can before. This means he’s relying more and more on his defense to get him out of innings, and it could catch up to him in the future. For now though Halladay is the 2nd best pitcher in the AL.
1. Johan Santana (SP, Minneosta Twins)
- 19-6, 233.2 IP, 2.77 ERA, 1.00 WHIP 79.7 VORP
- 245 Ks, 47 walks (5.21 K:BB) 9.44 K per 9, 24 homers, .216 OBA
We are seeing a hall of famer blossom before our very eyes. He’s BY FAR the best pitcher in baseball, and should be threepeating the CY Young award this year. It’s too bad voters were morons last year. He simply can’t be matched in today’s game. He has terrific control, doesn’t allow many runners at all, and has guys lunging constantly. The sick thing about all of this is that he’s only 27 years old and only finished his 4th full season so far(had parts of 2 others). Just imagine what his numbers will start to look like in a few years when they start piling up. Sometimes we just all have to give it up to greatness, and greatness’ name is Johan Santana.
5. Bronson Arroyo (SP, Cincinnati Reds)
- 14-11 240.2 IP, 3.29 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 63.1 VORP
- 184 Ks, 64 walks (2.88 K:BB) 6.88 K per 9, 31 homers, .243 OBA
His peripherals aren’t outstanding, but his incredible amount of innings does pile up and help a team out. That’s why I’m giving him 5th, even though he gave up a decent amount of homers. He still had a great year, and the Reds made a terrific deal by giving up Wily Mo Pena for him. With Arroyo and Aaron Harang, they have a good 1-2 punch going for next season.
4. John Smoltz (SP, Atlanta Braves)
- 16-9 232 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.19 WHIP 62.5 VORP
- 211 Ks, 55 walks ( 3.84 K:BB) 8.19 K per 9, 23 homers, .251 OBA
He was one of the few Braves pitchers to show up this season, despite being one of the oldest. He also was better than Bronson Arroyo at EVERYTHING except having his ERA be lower. This basically means he was less lucky than Arroyo. His defense was no great shakes behind him, but neither was Arroyo’s. Anyway, he gave up few homers, struck out a lot of guys, and had good control. There’s not much more you can ask for from a pitcher, even though 3 others were better than him this year. As a Phils fan, I can hope that he may decline due to age next season, but other than that we’re just going to have to deal with him again.
3. Roy Oswalt (SP, Houston Astros)
- 15-8 220.2 IP, 2.98 ERA, 1.17 WHIP 71.8 VORP
- 166 Ks, 38 walks ( 4.37 K:BB) 6.77 K per 9, 18 homers, .263 OBA
Oswalt hangs around 3 and 4 every season in the CY Young rankings, and this year is no different. He’s just a consistent, solid pitcher for the Astros, and he does it in a fairly hitter friendly ballpark. This is what gives him the edge over Smoltz, despite not striking out as many guys. He also gives up fewer homers.
2. Chris Carpenter (SP, Saint Louis Cardinals)
- 15-8, 221.2 IP, 3.09 ERA, 1.07 WHIP 67.2 VORP
- 184 Ks, 43 walks ( 4.28 K:BB) 7.47 K per 9, 21 homers, .235 OBA
To be frank about it, I wanted him to repeat. I tried to see how I could put him #1. I wantd there to be two pitchers who were heads and shoulders above the rest. But I couldn’t. He had a tremendous year after an early DL stint, and helped the Cardinals hang onto their playoff berth. There’s no reason to suggest he won’t be in the hunt for the 2007 CY Young award, but this just isn’t his year.
1. Brandon Webb (SP, Arizona Diamondbacks)
- 16-8 235 IP, 3.10 ERA, 1.13 WHIP 68.6 VORP
- 178 Ks, 50 walks ( 3.56 K:BB) 6.82 K per 9, 15 homers, .246 OBA
Webb had a terrific year. He’s quietly become one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues, but pitching in Arizona definitely minimizes his profile. After a subpar 2004(119 walks), he turned it around in 05 and built on that this year. What puts Webb over the top of everyone else on this list is his crazy ability to induce groundballs and prevent the home run. He pitched the most innings and yet had the least homers? Nice. He had the best GB:FB ratio in the National League? Very nice. And unlike some other groundball pitchers, he didn’t let many guys on base? Well that does it, he’s the CY Young in my mind.
In a shocking move, the Saint Joseph’s Hawks have announced that they’re going to expand the SJU Fieldhouse from 1 person capacity to 2:
Well, the university announced yesterday that the 57-year-old Fieldhouse is going to expand by about 1,000 seats and be renovated, and that it will be linked to a newly constructed 17,700-square-foot basketball center that will house new locker rooms, coaches’ offices, meeting areas, and academic and study space for the men’s and women’s teams. The Fieldhouse currently seats 3,200 spectators.
The total project will consist of three phases and could be completed as early as 2010 at a cost of $25 million. The project was made possible by the university’s recent purchase of Episcopal Academy across the street, where at least five varsity sports and the student recreation/intramural program will use the facilities on what will be called Maguire Campus.
Too bad it didn’t happen 5 years ago!