Game 142, Mariners at Angels
Hernandez vs Santana, 9:05 pm.
Happy Felix Day.
Yesterday, I ran a poll on FanGraphs asking our readers who they thought should win the Cy Young. In just over 24 hours, we’ve gotten over 4,000 ballots, and 62.1% of the votes have gone to Felix. Francisco Liriano is in second place with 10.8%, while CC Sabathia is in third place with 9.2%. It has been nothing less than a rout. He is the consensus pick for the Cy Young Award among the more statistically minded public.
While this isn’t a representative sample of the BBWAA, or baseball fans in general, I do think its a good sign for Felix’s chances. If he can capture all of the voters who give credence to the newer statistics, then only a few of the more traditional voters have to switch sides and ignore Sabathia’s edge in wins. Given how people like Jayson Stark have come out in favor of Felix, that doesn’t seem like such a tall order. Right now, I’d put Felix as a slight favorite over Sabathia to actually win the award. He obviously needs to finish strong, and it wouldn’t hurt him to pick up a few wins on the way, but even if they just maintain their current numbers, I think Felix takes the award.