Zack Greinke Wraps Up Cy Young Award With Victory Against Boston Red Sox

With all due respect to CC Sabathia, Justin Verlander, Felix Hernandez, Roy Halladay, and Mariano Rivera — they are not winning the American League Cy Young award in 2009. That honor will go to Kansas City Royals ace Zack Greinke.

My preseason pick to win the AL Cy Young award (I am going to take that to the grave with me.) all but wrapped up the award with a solid six inning, zero-run performance against the Boston Red Sox last night.

Greinke was the man again ast night

Greinke was the man again ast night

Did Greinke have his best stuff last night? Probably not. He did walk three in six innings of work. But Greinke proved last night why he is the best pitcher in baseball in 2009 — even when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he can still dominate one of the best lineups in baseball.

Greinke only allowed two hits and kept the Red Sox hitters off-balance all night. He made Kevin Youkilis look awful in three AB’s. He struck Youkilis out twice and in the third AB, all Youkilis could do is flick his wrists and hit a lazy fly ball to center.

Youkilis looked more confused that I did watching an episode of the X Files.

What I love about Greinke is that be makes everything look so effortless on the mound. Greinke is in such a groove that he can throw any pitch, any time in the count and it appears like it is no big deal to the viewer.

Greinke improved to 15-8 with his win last night. Greinke is now first in the AL in ERA (2.08), first in shutouts (three), first in WHIP (1.059), first in hits/9 innings (7.57), second in complete games (six), and second in strikeouts (229).

Lady’s and gentleman, your 2009 AL Cy Young award winner.

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4 Responses to “Zack Greinke Wraps Up Cy Young Award With Victory Against Boston Red Sox”

  1. coops2001 Says:

    Rivera’s WHIP is an impressive 0.91 vs Zack’s 1.06. Plus adding to the fact that Rivera’s been overlooked in the past and his 0.8 Career ERA in the post season shows that he’s due.

    Plus add to the fact that Rivera pitches in the toughest division in baseball, and the should show who is the dominant, game changing pitcher in baseball.

    • Adam Bernacchio Says:

      Thanks for the read and comment Coops

      I agree Rivera has been overlooked for this award in the past. I think Rivera is a lot like Pujols and for the most part Peyton Manning in football. Meaning they have been SO ridiculously good for so long, we almost take them for granted.

      I think it’s hard to compare WHIP’s between a closer and a starter. A closer in today’s game at most faces six batters a game. Grienke on average, has to face between 25-35 batters a game. That’s a big difference.

      Rivera will probably finish 2nd or 3rd. Since Greinke’s year is almost from another era, he almost has to win it at this point

  2. sportsphd Says:

    I agree that Greinke should win. Like your first commenter, I would like to see Rivera get the attention he deserves. On my ballot, I put him 2 behind Greinke at the moment.

    http://sportsphd.wordpress.com/2009/09/25/al-cy-young-wrap-up/

  3. husker Says:

    Rivera gets much run support. Greinke gets very little. No comparison. An east coast sports writer commented that Zack is good, but hasnt faced Boston or New York…that performance should shut him up.

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