Friday, September 16, 2005

MLB BUZZ

CHASE FOR THE NL Cy Young – RACE BETWEEN ROGER CLEMENS AND CHRIS CARPENTER

The year the Cy Young debate is more about philosophies, when the numbers are always the main consideration. Also when the Cy Young award is the acknowledgement of player’s outstanding pitching skills, what it has to do with the philosophy. Roger Clemens has 1.57 ERA and is so sensational that he seems to be a real threat to Carpenter for the Cy. But Cardinals Carpenter has received considerably better run support and has nine more wins than that Rocket Man. Moreover he is a better prospect in terms of other significant categories that makes him actually rank higher than Clemens. But again another concept that pops up is that if Carpenter wins the CY this year, the award will officially become a subject of satire, since left since his offense has been shutout in 8 of his starts and he has left the game without allowing a run 11 times this year, which makes him the 2nd best pitcher of the year. Though he's having one of the best seasons of the modern era, but he may probably not end up winning the CY due to his W-L record. Their chase for the coveted title has given rise to a question that are we now sophisticated enough -- as a modern, statistically aware society -- to toss an ever-popular stat such as "Wins" right through the old picture window. For this mystery to be revealed we will have to wait for the votes to roll in.

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