November 15, 2012 by Matt Musico
In my eyes, there was no way Dickey wouldn’t be the one winning, as he was either leading the league or in the top-four in all major categories. He was a 20-game winner on a below .500 team, throws the most unpredictable pitch in the game’s history, and pretty much re-invented it. To see my reaction on him winning the award, take a look at my post over at Rising Apple. Once the voting was released, we saw just how much he ran away with it, as he received 27 of 32 first-place votes, totaling 209 overall points. Clayton Kershaw came in second, receiving two first-place votes and earning 96 points, while Gio Gonzalez finished with 93 points and 1 vote for first. The last two first-place votes were handed out to fourth- and fifth-place finishers Johnny Cueto and Craig Kimbrel. Mets fans are able to rejoice today, as Dickey is the first Met to win the award since Dwight Gooden in 1985. It’s not every day that a 38-year-old knuckler wins the Cy Young Award, so they should enjoy it. In fact, that’s never happened before, so they better really enjoy it.
On the AL side, David Price won the award for the first time, as he put together a Cy-worthy season, going 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and 205 strikeouts in 211 innings pitched. This ultimately helps the Rays, as they’re looking to find some more offense this winter via trade, and they’re willing to trade some of the top-line starters, namely Price or James Shields. So, winning this award absolutely raises his trade value. It was a close vote, as Price took away 14 first-place votes and tallied 153 points, narrowly defeating last year’s winner, Justin Verlander. The Tigers flamethrower earned 13 first-place votes and 149 points. Jered Weaver rounded out the top-three, but my pick to win it, Fernando Rodney, finished in fifth with 38 points; someone did give him a first-place vote, though. This is why being a reliever stinks; you don’t know if you’ll pitch on any given day, so you always have to be ready, and even if you dominate with a 0.70 ERA, you’re not considered for the highest accolade for pitchers. This doesn’t discount Rodney’s 2012 at all, but if I were him, I’d be a little shocked I didn’t finish higher in the standings. Or, maybe I’m just bitter I made the wrong pick.
Tonight is what everyone has been waiting for; the AL and NL MVPs will be revealed on MLB Network, with coverage starting at 6p EST. With two awards to go, I’m currently sitting at 4-out-of-6; despite some opinions that Mike Trout will also bring in the AL MVP, I’m confident my picks of Miguel Cabrera for the AL and Buster Posey for the NL will match what the BBWAA writers think. At least, I’m hoping, because this would be my best streak of predicting in a long time.