On the heels of our misguided vote in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting (who's the only blog to vote J.A. Happ No. 1? YOU BET YO' ASS THE BUFFET JUST DID THAT), let's hope for a better showing on the Cy Young voting.
In no particular order, except for the particular order they're in:
(3) Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals. And, really, there's not much separating Wainwright and Carpenter. (Luckily for us, that didn't matter in the final analysis, as you'll see below. TEASE!) Sure, Wainwright had one more win, but who gives a flip about wins? Though he posted a very impressive K/9 rate of 8.19, Wainwright had a higher ERA (2.63) and FIP (3.11) than his fellow member of the Upright Citizens Brigade in St. Lou. As Reid said: "Most years, those numbers will get you the Cy. This year, it gets you third place." Oh, and on a personal level, this guy ate the Brewers sh!t up this year: 5 G, 3-1, 1.24 ERA, 39 Ks.
(2) Chris Carpenter, St. Louis Cardinals. Count me among the Doubting Thomases who didn't see this comin' from Carpenter. After making all of four starts for the Defenders of All That Is Good and Virtuous in the Game of Baseball over the last two years, Carpenter came up with a 17-4, 2.24 ERA (2.78 FIP), 6.73 K/9 line this year. Not to be outdone, Carpenter also pwned the Brewers somethin' fierce in '09: 3 G, 2-0, 1.17 ERA, 24 Ks.
(1) Tim "Mitch" Lincecum, San Francisco Giants. I could tell you his stats (quick and dirty: 15-7, 2.48 ERA, an absurd 2.34 FIP, an even-more-absurd 10.42 K/9 out of a guy that's all of 5'3") or I could put up pictures of Mitch Kramer from Dazed and Confused. Which would you prefer? You're so easy: