I’m not a heavy duty sabremetrician by any means. Still, it’s always frustrated me when sportswriters automatically gave the MVP award to the RBI leader on playoff-bound teams, and the Cy Young Award to the guy who won the most games (even if it was largely because he played for an offensive powerhouse).
In the past, I suspect a guy like Zack Greinke wouldn’t have won the Cy Young award, simply because he didn’t win enough games. Historically, a guy who went 21-8 with a 3.50 ERA has gotten the nod over a guy who went 16-13 with a 2.25 ERA.
But over the past few seasons, I’ve seen several signs that maybe, just maybe, sportswriters have gotten over their older prejudices, and are starting to factor in the newer stats when casting their votes.
What do you think- is Greinke the start of a welcome trend, or is he just a fluke?