Sportswriter Gregg Doyel in his recent column, Numbers Don’t Lie: Sabermetrics Should Win AL Cy Young, explains why Felix Hernandez (and sabermetrics itself) should win the American League Cy Young Award. For those who don’t know, Felix Hernandez is a pitcher for the Seattle Mariners, who despite having the best stats in the American League (AL) (2.27 ERA and 232 strikeouts), had an underwhelming record this season of 13-12. Sabermetrics is the study of baseball using baseball statistics and objective evidence. The Cy Young Award is given to the best pitchers in baseball (one from the American League and one from the National League).

Doyel argues that Hernandez will win the AL Cy Young because he is the best pitcher in the league, a fact backed up by the mathematics of sabermetrics. In his opinion, it is not fair for a pitcher to lose the award because of factors beyond their control, such as playing on a team with very little offense (sorry Mariners). A pitcher cannot win a game if his team does not score runs.

I hope that Doyel is right. An award reserved for the best pitcher in baseball should go to the best pitcher in baseball, regardless of the success of their team as a whole. With that being said, go Mariners!