Secret Avatar wrote:The criteria has to be the same from year to year, so if Clemens won over RJ last year, then Carpenter has to win this year.
I disagree here. The criteria has never been the same in CY or MVP. Best pitcher means different things to different people (writers). Besides, the writers switch off, so this year's CY will be voted by last year's MVP NL voters.
Another point which i made earlier, is the candidates have changed (there was no Willis last year who might steal some votes), the stats are different (RJs 14 losses, .500 record, quite different then Clemens (6 losses, good winnning %). The difference in era last year was only .38 (2.60 versus 2.98. The era difference is much bigger this year. You guys are comparing apples to oranges (last year, versus this year). If Carpenter and Clemens had RJs/Clemens stats from last year, then yea the criteria would apply. RJ got 7 1st place votes last year (97 points) to Carpenters (140). So it wasn't a landslide, voter's disagreed a bit. Clemens numbers this year are better then RJs last year easily. Carpenter imo, will win, because 20+ wins are going to sway the tweener voters.