Lincecum saw one of his last opportunities to lock up the Cy Young Award go by last night, as he was unable to control his awesome array of pitches in a demoralizing 9-4 loss to the Rockies.
“To be honest, I couldn’t care less right now,” Lincecum said. “Everybody makes a big deal out of it. … I’m not pitching for the Cy Young or any award. I’m pitching for myself. I’m pitching for my team.”
At least he’s sounding all the right notes. Nonetheless, Webb has gotten to 22 wins, and most –if not the majority– of sportswriters rarely see beyond the player who leads the league in wins. If Lincecum had managed to get himself to 18 or 19 wins, I think it would have been enough to push him to the award. Now, he’s looking at the very real chance that Webb wins 23 games, and he’s finished with a 17-5 record.
Regardless of whether you think he’s been the best pitcher in the league all season long, 6 more wins than the number two guy will make it very easy for the voters to ignore the domination he’s shown across the stats page.