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Should've put Zito's curveball to Todd Helton on here. Helton literally ducked thinking the ball was going to hit him only to have it go for a strike.
Well no offense to the Cueto pick, but this is a guy who last year had an extremely low BABIP, had essentially the same strikeout and walk rate as his career, in fact, his strikeout was lower than his career average. Even if he turned into more of a ground ball pitcher last year, he still pitches in one of the best hitters parks in all of the league, so I just have a tough time seeing a break out. Anyway, just opinions.
I find it hard to believe that Madison Bumgarner couldn't get one vote for the CY Young after posting a K:BB ratio of 4:1 as a 21 yr old last season after a miserable start to the season and a higher than average BABIP. Would you really take Cueto over Bumgarner? That's pretty bad in my opinion.
To put it in a nice way, this is one of the most interesting set of rankings I\'ve seen yet. Chipper Jones is a very good player, but there\'s no way or what so ever anyone in their right mind would take Chipper over A Rod.
Also, this is about as low as I\'ve scene Evan Longoria ranked on any list. Longoria is going to be hitting in the middle of an absolutely loaded lineup, I\'m not sure how it\'s even possible for him not to crack 100 RBIs and improve on last year\'s numbers.
Then finally, is Garrett Atkins a little overrated? His numbers the last few years have gone the wrong direction as he enters his prime. There\'s a good chance he gets traded out of Colorado, where he\'s a much much better hitter. And he no longer has the luxury of Matt Holliday\'s protection. So why is Atkins ranked ahead of Longoria?
Yes, 138 pitches is a lot to throw in a game. But there\'s a huge difference between throwing 138 pitches in mostly non stress situations than 138 pitches mostly in stress situations. Lincecum didn\'t really have one stress inning until that nineth inning, so just looking at the pitch count by itself is certainly not the way to judge how much of a toll it might have on him.
And as for the Cy Young. I don\'t see how Lincecum shouldn\'t win the Cy Young. Lincecum\'s peripherals are all superior compared to Webb. If win total is the big deciding factor, than maybe take into account this: Lincecum has 10 no decisions this year, in 6 of them, he\'s allowed 2 runs or fewer. If the Giants were any capable of scoring runs early in the year, Lincecum may already have 20 wins by now. The Cy Young is awarded to the best pitcher in the league, not the guy with the most wins and I certainly hope the voters can look past the number in that in column.