Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lidge finishes 4th in Cy Young voting

Even though I made a pretty good argument for why he should, Brad Lidge did not end up winning the NL Cy Young Award. Despite his perfect season out of the bullpen, Lidge was a longshot at best. There were too many starters who had quality seasons, like the winner Tim Lincecum, for a reliever to sneak in and win the award.

Lincecum had an amazing year and certainly deserved the award. He went 18-5 for a terrible Giants team and struck out 265 batters.

It was interesting to note that Lidge finished ahead of C.C. Sabathia in the voting. Sabathia had a tremendous 2nd half with the Brewers and nearly single-handedly carried them into the playoffs, yet he finished 5th in the voting behind Lincecum, Brandon Webb, Johan Santana and Lidge.

Lidge deserves all the accolades he can get for his perfect season and should feel good about being amongst the best pitchers in the league.

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