Aroldis Chapman should get lots of NL Cy Young votes

Could a relief pitcher actually win the Cy Young this year?

8/28/12 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Aug 18, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman (54) pitches during the ninth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Cubs 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIREAnthony Witrado of The Sporting News has officially taken up the campaign for Aroldis Chapman as the 2012 NL Cy Young.

While it would be extremely rare for a reliever to pick up the coveted pitching award, it's hard to argue against Chapman.

Chapman leads all of baseball in ERA, WHIP, and strikeouts per 9 innings for pitchers with 60 or more innings pitched. He also leads in every imaginable opponents' batting stat, like batting average, OBP, slugging percentage, and obviously OPS.

In 63 innings, he has an unreal 112 strikeouts, to go along with only 15 walks and 30 hits allowed. He has converted 32 saves in 36 opportunities, and racked up 6 holds back when he was a middle reliever, before he was given the closer role.

Sure, he's not a starter. He's not going to rack up 200 innings, like some of the other candidates. But when he's on the mound, there's no one better.

Should a reliever get consideration for the Cy Young award?
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8/29/12   |   The Wakka Man   |   16 respect

Reliever should be considered for the Cy Young award only if a) they completely outclass every other reliever in the league and b) there is a dearth of quality starters. I dunno about a), but b) is definitely not a factor this year, with Dickey, Gonzalez, Cueto, Cain et al. all having terrific seasons.