If there's ever a year where conventional wisdom should get thrown out the window, when it comes to the Cy Young Award voting-- it's this year. Forget team record, forget wins and losses-- Kansas City Royals ace, Zack Greinke deserves to win the AL Cy Young Award.
Currently, Greinke has a 13-8 record, 216 strikeouts, and a very impressive, 2.19 ERA. But if we break down his 29 starts-- we can see just how incredible his dominance is. If Greinke pitched for a team like the New York Yankees or the Los Angeles Angels, he can quite conceivably be 25-4.
So far Greinke has 8 losses and 8 no-decisions. Here's a breakdown of the earned runs he's allowed in those games:
8 losses - 1, 5, 4, 2, 3, 1, 6, 4
8 no-decisions - 2, 3, 3, 1, 2, 0, 0, 0
As we can see, he's allowed 3 runs or less in 4 of his 8 losses and even more amazingly, he's allowed 3 runs or less in all 8 of his no decisions. It's a real shame that such a great pitcher plays for such a scrubby team.
In August, Greinke had a 15-strikeout performance against the Cleveland Indians and he followed that up by pitching a one-hitter against the Seattle Mariners. Awesome!
The fans in Kansas City have Greinke's back--their frustration is palpable.
On Greinke's Facebook Fan Page, I've read comments like these from Royals fans:
1) "Zack Greinke is a Hall of Fame pitcher on a minor league club."
2) "The Royals stink, they don't deserve Zack Greinke."
3)"The Royals are doing everything in their power to deny Greinke the Cy Young Award."
And my favorite of them all--
4) "The Kansas City Royals, the mayor, everyone around here owes Greinke an apology. It's shameful what's happening here."
Earlier this year, Greinke made the cover of Sports Illustrated and they dubbed him the best pitcher in baseball. They might be right-- I mean, this kid is having a phenomenal year.
If I were voting for the Cy Young, I'd give it to him in a heartbeat. All the other pitchers, who are in contention, have a team to back them up.
In KC, Greinke is doing it all alone.
Photos courtesy of SI.com
Stats courtesy of MLB.com