Those who favored King Felix and Verlander 

November, 18, 2009

The AL Cy Young Award went more or less as expected, with the very deserving Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals running away with it, nabbing 25 of 28 first-place votes. This is a small victory for those of us pushing for rational evaluation of players in postseason awards; the Cy Young Award has historically been "The Guy With the Most Wins Award" and, while I suppose that's somewhat fitting (Cy Young did win a few games himself), the point of the award is to honor the best pitcher in each league, and that is frequently not the guy with the most wins.

Keith Law

ESPN Senior Writer