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SBN Awards: Pitcher Of The Year

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Our annual voting continues, with our prestigious Pitcher of the Year award.

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It's time for the SBN Pitcher of the Year award -- not the Cy Young, but the Herman "Sigh" Finkelwitz. Herman works in the mail room and thinks he's underpaid, hence the sighing. Once again, the Pinstriped Bible had two votes; ours were spent by Andrew Mearns and Tanya Bondurant. They couldn't vote for the NL winners, only the AL, because to do both would have been too taxing. Also, they don't use the DH in the NL, which means the results are illegitimate anyway.

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers 23 1 2 171
David Price Tampa Bay Rays 2 17 7 103
Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners 6 11 7 1 72
Chris Sale Chicago White Sox 4 10 4 36
Jered Weaver Los Angeles Angels 1 2 3 4 23
Fernando Rodney Tampa Bay Rays 2 3 4 18
Matt Harrison Texas Rangers 1 3 5
CC Sabathia New York Yankees 1 1 3
Max Scherzer Detroit Tigers 3 3
Yu Darvish Texas Rangers 3 3
Jim Johnson Baltimore Orioles 1 2
Hiroki Kuroda New York Yankees 1 1
Jake Peavy Chicago White Sox 1 1
James Shields Tampa Bay Rays 1 1

As you can see, Justin Verlander gets the encore nod despite David Price's winning 20 games. Ah, we have grown so much. Now, the National League:

Player Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
R.A. Dickey New York Mets 13 11 6 2 157
Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles Dodgers 11 12 8 2 1 154
Gio Gonzalez Washington Nationals 9 7 7 6 5 129
Johnny Cueto Cincinnati Reds 2 4 7 8 6 73
Cliff Lee Philadelphia Phillies 5 4 3 26
Matt Cain San Francisco Giants 1 5 4 17
Cole Hamels Philadelphia Phillies 1 3 5 15
Craig Kimbrel Atlanta Braves 1 2 6 13
Wade Miley Arizona Diamondbacks 3 1 7
Kris Medlen Atlanta Braves 3 3
Lance Lynn St. Louis Cardinals 1 1

The actual BBWAA voting may look a bit like this. Baseball-Reference WAR has Dickey, Cueto, and Kershaw pretty well bunched. The FanGraphs version has Kershaw and Cueto at the top and everyone else around a win behind them. The Baseball Prospectus version calls Stephen Strasburg, who garnered not a single mention here, as the best, followed by Kershaw. Mets or no, this corner is rooting for the sentimental choice, Mr. Dickey, to take home the hardware.