The official announcement of today’s winner will be at 2 p.m. Until then, here are my thoughts and predictions. Feel free to chime in with your own.
NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG
The favorite: Chris Carpenter, Cardinals
The contenders: Tim Lincecum, Giants; Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
The dark horse: Jorge De La Rosa, Rockies
The (former) Yankee with a shot: Javier Vazquez, Braves
Morning analysis: Wainwright and Carpenter both had fantastic years, though Carpenter missed the first five weeks with an injury. The case is strong for either – Wainwright allowed two runs or fewer in 26 of 34 starts, and Carpenter went 12-1 from the end of June on as well as led the NL in ERA (2.24). You also can’t ignore Lincecum. The 2008 winner actually lowered his ERA and walks totals (in virtually the same number of innings) and led the league in strikeouts (261). His ERA (2.48) was only second to Carpenter who pitched 33 fewer innings.
The pick: Certainly you can’t go wrong with a Cardinal but I’ll go with Lincecum for the repeat. Some might get hung up on the 15 wins but to me, he continues to be the most dominant pitcher in the league.
The record: 4-for-5 (hit on Coghlan, Greinke, Scioscia and Tracy; missed on Bailey)