Jester wrote:I'm confused with this argument. Are those who are saying K's shouldn't matter also saying Santana should not get the Cy Young, or are they completely unrelated? Also, has anyone else noticed the only pitchers being considered for this years Cy Young are all K pitchers??? I find it hard to believe that’s just a coincidence.
Now you will probably say that non-k pitchers “should” get more consideration, but its so rare that that would happen, that I think this argument is a mute point.
Well, Mark Mulder (not only is he not a strikeout pitcher, he walks more guys than he probably should, too) was getting a lot of consideration this year until reality started catching up with his ERA+.
I'm sort of on the fence as to whether you should exclusively use stats that have predictive value to determine end-of-season award winners. I mean, yeah, by all means use predictive stats (K/BB/HR against for pitchers) to figure out who to draft in your fantasy league next year. But I'm not sure we should totally disregard backward-looking stats (pure ERA, for example) when we're determining award winners.