It is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do. It is particularly lonely for the Tampa Bay Rays because it represents the number of American League Cy Young votes any pitcher in the history of this franchise has received. That one vote went to Roberto Hernandez in the 1999 balloting when he saved 43 of the 69 games the club won that season.
Outside of the incessant whining about the attendance of last night’s game, the talk today has been about the Cy Young and whether David Price or CC Sabathia deserve it. Price thinks Sabathia deserves it while Baldelli says Price deserves it. I myself would give the award to Felix Hernandez or Francisco Liriano before considering either Price or Sabathia but that is the stat-head in me.
Rays fans should not be upset if Price does not win the award but should celebrate the fact that the club finally has a starting pitcher that is in serious consideration for the prestigious award and could very well have two pitchers in the final vote as Rafael Soriano’s season could possibly draw a vote or two from a voter.