Normally, I would take a look at the MVP Award winners also, but I have no complaints with the Buster Posey pick for NL MVP, and it is completely unsurprising to see that Triple Crown Award winner Miguel Cabrera got MVP in the AL, even over the better season of Mike Trout (although I suppose one could write about how there was bias in making the playoffs and not making the playoffs, in value).
What I am definitely interested in writing about though is the 2012 Cy Young Awards. Both were sort of quirky picks: David Price and RA Dickey. Certainly, both pitchers had great seasons, but other pitchers were better in 2012.
To prove my point, I’m going to use innings pitched and an average between the traditional rate metric, ERA, and the less traditional, sabermetric and normalized version, xFIP. This should give us a great idea of what starting pitchers did on the field in 2012.
RA Dickey pitched a very impressive 233.2 innings this season. His ERA/xFiP was 3.0. Very nice. However, C...