Well, the Cy Young voting came out today. Mike Mussina picked up two votes to finish 6th, although 24 of the 28 first place votes went to Cliff Lee, and Roy Halladay took the others
Were there any suprises? I was suprised Dice-K picked up the 10 votes that he did. Both Ryan and I thought Mussina would finish ahead of him. Does anyone actually think Dice-K was a better pitcher in 2008 then Mussina? Have you seen their splits? Dice-K also missed a month of the season with injury.
Mariano Rivera finished ahead of Mussina, three votes to two. I can’t argue as much with that.
Really, this is about what you knew was going to happen. Every writer put Lee 1st or 2nd. Three voters left Roy Halladay off completely, which just proves that writers know nothing. On the other hand, 10 voters left K-Rod off and none of them voted for him to finish 1st.
This marks the 9th time Mussina has recieved votes for the Cy Young, and the first time since 2001. So, if nothing else, please remember this: Mussina was still the man this year.
In the end, though it’s just speculation, some of the voters might have sent in their ballots early. Cliff Lee had this thing won back in early September. He won his 20th game on September 2nd. No one else in the AL got to 19 until the season’s final week. Again, that’s just an attempt at rationalization on our part.
Next order of business: Mussina making up his mind on retirement. The deadline to file for free agency is tonight at midnight. If Mussina doesn’t file, we’re not really sure what the heck that means, but we’re efforting to find out.
Update: This article in today’s (Thursday) NY Daily News spells it out for Mussina, because it’s pretty much in his own words. It’s a must read. In short: He’s still undecided, but my guess, from reading between the lines, is that perhaps he’s waiting to see what the free agent market will bring him.