You don’t have to read this if you don’t want to. I mean, I’d really, really like you to. Really, really bad, but the main reason I’m posting this is because when you root for the Royals, you have to suck every last bit of joy you’re given, because said moments are always very few and very far between.
Starting a series of tweets for my 18 followers titled: “Debunking Every Cy Young Candidate Except Zack Greinke.” Enjoy.
Start with Verlander: 4 of his 15 wins came in games that he gave up at least 4 runs. Greinke is 0-6 in such starts.
Other than W-L and strikeouts, you will find no other peripheral stat that Verlander has bested Greinke in. Verlander’s out.
Sabathia- The Yanks score 5.6 rpg in his starts. Greinke? 3.6 rpg from Yuni and company. Greinke has more Ks, IP/start, WHIP, etc.
Sorry CC, don’t eat your feelings.
Another interruption. Planet Earth. Is back. Boom.
Interrupt update for this: Dave Winfield- “Peter [Gammons]…you thought [Greinke] was a Cy Young candidate early in the season.” Suck it.
Next victim: Beckett. Gives up a run and a half more per per 9 IP. 39 fewer Ks. 15 fewer IP (albeit in one less start) 22 (!!) home runs.
Take your 3.80 ERA and think about next year Becks.
Feldman (Tex)- sample size too small. Numbers (other than misleading win total) unimpressive. No thanks.
Halladay- Only bests Greinke in IP/start and BB stats. Good campaign, though, probably 3rd best candidate.
But, Halladay has struggled of late, and hasn’t been as impressive across the board as Greinke & King Felix. Sorry Doc.
Edwin Jackson- better than Greinke in NO statistical measure that I could find. Sry.
Nathan and Rivera- anyone that only throws when their team is leading in 9th inning and only throws 70 innings is null and void.
More on Nathan and Rivera- current stereotyped role of “closer” makes in nearly impossible to win Cy. Role not as relevant as past. Sorry.
Brings us to Felix Hernandez. ERA+ (stat that adjusts ERA based on ballpark, schedule, etc.) Greinke: 180; Hernandez: 157- advantage Greinke
Greinke also has lower WHIP, ERA; more Ks, IP, CG and shutouts; fewer home runs & walks; lower BA against; better K/BB ratio- you name it.
Please SOMEONE make an argument for another pitcher. If only hard-headed, win-centric, old baseball writers were following me on Twitter.
Final thought on Greinke- if he puts up the numbers he’s currently paced for, and doesn’t win the Cy, its legitimacy needs be questioned.