Who's the AL Cy Young winner?
Seattle Mariners right-hander Felix Hernandez easily won the American League Cy Young Award, getting 21 of 28 first-place votes. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price finished second, with four first-place votes, while New York Yankees lefty CC Sabathia placed third and received the other three votes.
Our panel of 74 ESPN baseball experts agreed with the final outcome.
Our voters were asked which pitcher should win the award, and their totals are listed below. Who gets your vote?
|Felix Hernandez, RHP, Seattle|
|How important are wins in the Cy Young voting? We'll find out. Despite a 13-12 record, King Felix was superior in most other major pitching categories, including ERA, innings, quality starts and BAA.|
|CC Sabathia, LHP, NY Yankees|
|It was another great season for Sabathia, who led the league with 21 victories. The 2007 AL Cy Young Award winner was also second in innings pitched, sixth in strikeouts and seventh in ERA.|
|Cliff Lee, LHP, Seattle/Texas|
|Lee's main calling card is his unbelievable K-BB ratio (185 to 18). He had an August to forget, but was solid the rest of the season; he led the AL in WHIP and tied for the lead in complete games.|
|OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Francisco Liriano, LHP, Minnesota (1); David Price, LHP, Tampa Bay (1); Rafael Soriano, RHP, Tampa Bay (1).|