David Price Finishes Second in Cy Young Award Voting; Finishes Ahead of CC Sabathia

ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 12: : Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches against the Texas Rangers during Game 5 of the ALDS at Tropicana Field on October 12, 2010 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

From BBWAA.com:

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Points

Felix Hernandez

21

2

3

1

1

167

David Price

4

15

7

1

 

111

CC Sabathia

3

10

12

2

1

102

Congrats to David Price for finishing so high in the voting. It was debatable whether Price or C.C. Sabathia would place higher, with most people assuming that Sabathia would challenge Felix Hernandez for the award, but that apparently wasn't the case.

When you dig into the numbers, both Sabathia and Price had similar cases. Sabathia pitched 30 more innings, but Price had a higher strikeout rate. Sabathia had a lower xFIP and a higher WAR, but Price had a better ERA and FIP. It could have gone either way, but I'm personally really glad for Price. Hopefully this is just the first of many times that Price is in contention for the Cy.

Rafael Soriano placed eighth in the voting, getting five points (one 4th place vote, three 5th place votes).

Oh, and kudos to the Baseball Writers for giving Felix Hernandez the Cy Young despite only getting 13 wins this year. He deserves it.

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