The official AL Cy Young winner will be announced November 13th. Here's your chance to sound off. I'm including defensive independent ERA (DERA) from BP, adjusted ERA+, the usual suspects (WHIP, strikeouts, walks and home runs allowed), David Gassko's Pitching Runs Created, pitcher's VORP and THT's Win Shares. Apologies to Roy Halladay, who threw 7 compete games but didn't do an outstanding job of preventing runs, and J.J. Putz, who probably had the best season for a closer.
Josh Beckett ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
20-7 3.27 3.34 145 200.7 1.14 194 40 17 120 58.6 19
He's the win king for what that's worth. He also tossed 4 complete games while anchoring Boston's stellar rotation. Official ballots have to be in at the end of the season so no bonus for playoff heroics.
Erik Bedard ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
13-5 3.16 3.05 146 182.0 1.09 221 57 19 114 54.9 19
I was going to drop Bedard from this list because he threw 40 fewer innings than most here. But while everyone else's DERA is worse than their actually ERA, his improved significantly to lead the field. He also led the league in strikeout rate. His is the only WHIP in Johan's ballpark.
Fausto Carmona ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
19-8 3.06 3.15 151 215.0 1.21 137 61 16 116 64.0 22
The youngster ties Lackey for the lead in ERA+. His VORP is just behind teammate Sabathia's. Not a big K guy, but he allowed very few home runs.
Dan Haren ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
15-9 3.07 3.54 137 222.7 1.21 192 55 24 115 56.4 19
Solid season for Haren, but his pretty ERA doesn't look so hot when you adjust for defense or park. Haren threw 5 complete games.
John Lackey ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
19-9 3.01 3.25 151 224.0 1.21 179 52 18 120 60.7 22
Lackey led the league in ERA and tied for adjusted ERA+ with Carmona.
C.C. Sabathia ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
19-7 3.21 3.35 143 241.0 1.14 209 37 20 131 65.2 24
Sabathia led the league in innings pitched and threw 4 complete games. He leads in all the advanced metrics here, PRC, VORP and WS which warms my cold robotic heart.
Johan Santana ERA DERA ERA+ IP WHIP K BB HR PRC VORP WS
15-13 3.33 3.55 130 219.0 1.07 235 52 33 123 57.7 18
A "down" year for Johan, mainly because of the home runs allowed, but he's perineally excellent. Led in WHIP and finished second to Kazmir in strikeouts.