Today, it's the SB Nation Awards for Cy Young, with the sites being balloted, as before, in the same way as the BBWAA awards - five nominations per ballot with points on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis. Here's the quick results in the National League. After the jump, you'll find kishi and Dan explaining themselves.
Kishi: Kershaw, Halladay, Lee, Kennedy, and Hamels. I really think you could go either way with this one between Kershaw or Halladay, so I'm fine with the results. Both pitchers put up great numbers, I gave Kershaw the edge because I was impressed that he managed to perform so well with a team that spent most of the season looking so damn uninspired. It was a great year for him- and I have no idea how someone looks at the numbers and thinks that Kershaw was the fifth best pitcher in the NL this year. Really, how does that work? But a good close race here, and what more can you ask for?
Dan: Halladay, Kershaw, Lee, Kennedy, Hamels. Can't really say much more than kishi said already. It was an utterly awesome race, with Halladay, Kershaw, and Lee as close together as three Cy Young candidates possibly could be. I do find it pretty lulzy that the Giants trio got significant votes. Not surprising, just lulzy. Surprise more accurately depicts me reaction to not seeing votes for Ryan Vogelsong. Although I will say that it's depressing beyond all belief that Kimbrel got a fifth-place vote here...
Jim: So, basically, the 'Pit's two ballots canceled each other out, leaving Halladay and Kershaw in a tie for first-place. I absolutely can't argue with the result, though I'd probably have given it to Halladay, personally, after Kershaw's little hissy-fit at Gerardo Parra. Amused to see one person thought Cole Hamels was the best pitcher in the National League, and I'd like to thank Mrs. Hamels for taking part in the voting this year. On the Giants, those votes were not from McC - they were apparently too busy to take part, wallowing in their collective misery at being former NL West champions. Or something....
Kennedy finishes an honorable fourth, and that seems fair, despite the pile of supershiny wins piled up over the course of the 2011 season. Still, not bad for someone completing his second full season in the major-leagues this year. Here's the American League ballot. Nowhere near as much excitement here, but what do you expect from the American League. Here are the best non-hitting pitchers.