Craig Kimbrel had an amazing, record-breaking season, so its just wrong hes not among the three finalists for the NL Cy Young that will be awarded today.
It will go to either Los Angeles Clayton Kershaw, Washingtons Gio Gonzalez or New Yorks R.A. Dickey, but Kimbrel deserved to be among the finalists, if not the winner.
I know, relievers never receive much consideration for baseballs top pitching award. Only two Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and Eric Gagne in 2003 have won it in the past 20 years.
Kimbrels magical season deserved recognition.
Watching him pitch this year, and the things he did were pretty amazing, fellow reliever Jonny Venters said. Hes done some things that no one else has ever done in the game, and I think that definitely deserves some recognition.
Kimbrels surface numbers 3-1 record, 1.01 ERA and 42 saves in 45 chances are outstanding, but lets review his true dominance.
Im not going all Sabermetric here, but you dont need to be a CSI to see that his strikeo...