Is there only one to consider as NL’s best pitcher?
Hopefully you had the opportunity to catch the first of the five posts in which Blog Red Machine presents its nominations for the the Baseball Bloggers Alliance (BBA) year-end awards. A couple of week ago, we had a couple of postsd asking you to vote for the NL Manager of the (Connie Mack) and Rookie of the Year (Willie Mays). We’ll reveal our nominee for the Mays tomorrow.
Once again, we want to get your take on one of the awards: the Walter Johnson Award, or best pitcher in the National League. I debated even having a post on this as the staff completely agreed that Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw should get out nod. The staff’s voting already completed, we now will look to add our readers vote to the results.
Here’s how the conversation went from the staff.
Torry: I think the only other guy that will challenge Kershaw is Wainwright.
Jesse: Would have to think Jose Fernandez might be coming in second. If not him, more than likely Liriano.
Steve: Any others here? Bueller…Bueller…
Jared: Kershaw gets it. 3 years running ERA Champ? First Starter with sub 2 ERA since Al Leiter of the Marlins I believe.
But once I received the ballots from the staff, there were six pitchers named on at least half of the ballots. They are (in alphabetical order):
– Jose Fernandez, MIA (12-6, 2.19 ERA, 0.979 WHIP)
– Matt Harvey, NYM (9-5, 2.27 ERA, 0.931 WHIP)
– Clayton Kershaw, LAD (16-9, 1.83 ERA, 0.915 WHIP)
– Mat Latos, CIN (14-7, 3.16 ERA, 1.210 WHIP)
– Francisco Liriano, PIT (16-8, 3.02 ERA, 1.224 WHIP)
– Adam Wainwright, STL (19-9, 2.94 ERA, 1.068 WHIP)
Click on the link of each player and you will be taken to his page on Baseball Reference so that you can see even more stats.
Now that you’ve done that, who ya got?