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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Lincecum wins Cy Young Award

The kid certainly deserved it, and on Tuesday it became official. Tim Lincecum won the 2008 NL Cy Young award earlier today and won it in a landslide. He received 23 of the 32 first place votes and edged out Brandon Webb and Johan Santana to become the first Giant to win the award since Mike McCormick over 40 years ago in 1967. He had just received The Sporting News' NL Pitcher of the Year award as well as the NL's most outstanding pitcher award two weeks ago, so winning this award is no fluke. I had pushed for Lincecum to win this thing since August when he really separated himself from the rest of the pack. Lincecum's final line of the 2008 season looked like this: 227.1 IP, 18-5 record, 182 hits, 84 walks, 265 strikeouts, .221 BAA, 1.17 WHIP and a 2.62 era. Not bad at all for a kid who was pitching his first full big league season, what a way to start your career. Congratulations to Tim Lincecum as he made an otherwise boring season, watchable.
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4 Comments:

  • At 12:05 AM, Anonymous J-Bill said…

    And second Giant ever to win the Cy. Congrats Timmah!!!

     
  • At 1:54 AM, Anonymous Kelsdad said…

    I thought for sure he had lost it when he got whacked around his last couple of starts, but it just goes to show you what a great season he had.

    He missed by two wins of becoming the second pitcher in ML history to be 15 games over .500 for a team more than 15 games below. That, is an amazing statistic.

    Must have been cold in SF today, he looked like a total dork with that knit hat on.
    Congratulations, Timmy.

     
  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger DJ WEJ said…

    Way to go young Timmy! I like this kid - he's got some good stuff. I just pray the Giants can get some more wins next year.

     
  • At 12:21 AM, Anonymous The oldest man said…

    I am completely impressed with this kid. Shows a lot of talent and poise but tends to get to much into the game and tries to do too much. Let us see what next year brings and if he does it again with the same kind of numbers. Most impressed with 227 innings and only 84 walks and 265 K's.

     

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