Originally written on 22gigantes  |  Last updated 11/17/11
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Lincecum, Bumgarner, Cain and Vogelsong (not pictured) all received Cy Young votes from the BBWAA.

We Giants fans have become somewhat spoiled when it comes to our pitchers and Cy Young award voting. That’s what happens when you’ve got a two-time Cy winner and a stud rotation like the Giants do.

And although none of the Giants starters are bringing home the hardware this year, four of them should be awfully proud just for being included in this year’s results.

Tim Lincecum (who won the Cy in 2008 and 2009) finished sixth overall in voting this year with seven total points, behind Cole Hamels (5th), Ian Kennedy (4th), Cliff Lee (3rd), Roy Halladay (2nd), and the 2011 Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw. It’s the fourth straight year that Timmy has received Cy Young votes.

Matt Cain (three points) finished eighth in voting with one fourth place and one fifth place vote, and both Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong each received one fifth place vote to finish tied for 11th in voting. (According to Jeff Fletcher, MadBum’s lone vote came from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald and Vogey’s came from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Democrat).

While the Phillies contingency of Halladay, Lee, and Hamels finished very strong, the Giants were the only team to place four starters in the race.

It’s the second straight year that the Giants have had three or more pitchers receive Cy Young votes. Lincecum, Cain and Brian Wilson received votes last year.

Surprisingly, Barry Zito and Jonathan Sanchez weren’t on the list. (That’s sarcasm, people.)

No doubt had the Giants’ offense been more prolific this past season, our pitchers would have received a lot more consideration.

Lincecum finished with a 13-14 record to go along with his 2.74 ERA (fifth in the NL), 1.207 WHIP and 220 strikeouts (3rd-most). His SO/9 rate was a NL 5th-best 9.124/9 and his Hits/9 rate was 7.3 (4th-best in the league). Lincecum pitched 217 innings (8th-most) and started 33 games (tied for 4th). He allowed just 0.578 home runs per 9 innings, good for 9th in the league.

Cain, who finished 12th in 2010, was 12-11 this past season with a 2.88 ERA (8th-best in the NL), 1.083 WHIP (5th best), and 179 Ks. His 7.187 hits/9 innings was 3rd-best in the league and his low home run rate (0.365 per 9 innings) was second-best in the league. Despite a brief scare due to elbow inflammation back in spring training, Cain finished with 221.2 innings (7th-most) and 33 starts (tied for 4th-most in the NL).

Bumgarner was 13-13 in 2011 with a 3.21 ERA (10th-best in the NL), 1.212 WHIP and 191 strikeouts in 204.2 innings (33 starts). Bumgarner’s 0.528 HR/9 rate was 4th-best in the league and he also finished 7th-best with a 2.023 BB/9 rate. His strikeout-to-walk rate was an impressive 4.152 (good for sixth-best in the league).

Vogelsong (13-7) got a late start as a Giants starter and quickly made a case for himself by winning nine of his first 10 decisions. He faded a bit down the stretch but still finished with a career-best 2.71 ERA (4th-best in the NL), 1.252 WHIP and 139 strikeouts in 179.2 innings (28 starts). Oh, by the way, he did this after being out of the Majors since 2006.

The Cy Young is voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, a bunch of cranky old sports writers.

The BBWAA gave Giants manager Bruce Bochy two 3rd-place votes (6th place) in the NL’s 2011 Manager of the Year award earlier this week. Diamondbacks skipper Kirk Gibson won the award.

   2011 Cy Young Award voting 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers 27 3 2 207 Roy Halladay, Philadelphia Phillies 4 21 7 133 Cliff Lee, Philadelphia Phillies 5 17 9 1 90 Ian Kennedy, Arizona Diamondbacks 1 3 6 18 3 76 Cole Hamels, Philadelphia Phillies 2 13 17 Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants 1 5 7 Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee Brewers 1 3 5 Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants 1 1 3 John Axford, Milwaukee Brewers 2 2 Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves 2 2 Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants 1 1 Ryan Vogelsong, San Francisco Giants 1 1

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