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The Lincecum vs. Carpenter Controversy

By Aaron Scott

2009 in baseball was definitely the year of the pitcher. While it looks like Zack Greinke should definitely win the Cy Young award in the American League, things are much closer in the National League, leaving many to speculate about a very interesting race.

Who should win it in the National League? If I were to read off the numbers of pitchers like Adam Wainwright and Jair Jurrjens, you might say that they should win it without a doubt. However, there was a ton of great pitching this season so the award will most likely go to one of two pitchers who outperformed them both.

At the end of the day though, the best pitching was hands down performed by Tim Lincecum, the young hurler with the San Francisco Giants, and Chris Carpenter, the veteran ace pitcher in St. Louis who came back from a two year hiatus that saw him sidelined with injury.

However, there’s a lot more to what both of these aces accomplished than just some incredible stats. Sometimes, intangible factors like these may factor into determining who’s more worthy of an award. That may very well have to be the case this year.

As far as Lincecum is concerned, he was magnificent in 2009. A 15-7 record, a 2.48 ERA, and 261 strikeouts (best in the league) in 225.1 innings pitched were all phenomenal. He was largely responsible for San Francisco’s first winning season in years.

How about Carpenter though? Having missed two seasons in a row, he came back and was better than ever. With an NL best 2.24 earned run average, and NL best 1.01 WHIP, and a 17-4 win-loss record, Carpenter was as good as it gets.

At the end of the day, this race could truly go either way. Carpenter had the better ERA and WHIP, but Lincecum’s strikeouts were insane. Carpenter does have the better story to tell, so my prediction would be that he wins.

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