I’m not saying he deserves it, but there’s a chance that Dice-K will win the Cy Young award this season. He has the record (16-2) and ERA (2.82) that make voters swoon. He also pitches for a team that will likely make the post-season. Cliff Lee’s wins and ERA might be better, but he pitches for Cleveland.
On the other hand, will the writers punish him for walking 80 batters in 140 innings, and pitching only 12 quality starts? Will his inefficiency hurt his case?
I may be misreading Sox fans’ perception of Daisuke, but my guess is that most Boston rooters don’t think he deserves the honor since many of his starts are excruciating affairs. Am I wrong to think that most Sox fans don’t even think he’s been the best starter on the team?