Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy did not win the Cy Young Award on Thursday. As expected, it went to the Los Angeles Dodgers Clayton Kershaw. As I had expected, the Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee finished two and three in the voting. Kennedy finished fourth in the balloting. Personally I would have put Kennedy second, but really to be honest, you couldn’t go wrong with any of the four.
Kennedy did end up with one first place vote and three second place votes. He finished 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA. It had to be the ERA that did him in. Kershaw, Halladay, and Lee all had better ERA’s. Kennedy had a couple of rough starts late, so much so that by the second week of September, you knew he was out of the running. Kershaw really ran away with it. He had my vote. The man was dominant against the Dbacks.
Congrats to Kershaw, but as I said all four guys could have shared the award and I would have been fine with that. Even though Kennedy got the fourth place finish, he is fine with that and so should all of us really. It was a magical season that we all hope can be repeated again next year.