The above is from baseballmusings.com. At least David Pinto gets it. Not hearing much support for Cueto anywhere else. It seems to me that if a pitcher throws enough innings to qualify for the ERA title, that should be enough for the Cy Young Award as well.Johnny Cueto pitched eight shutout innings before giving up a lead-off home run to Ryan Zimmerman in the ninth. His eight innings of work was good enough for a 2-1 Cincinnati win over Washington. Cueto lowers his ERA to 1.89, which leads the National League. That game also gives him enough innings that he should stay in the NL lead in ERA as long as he stays on rotation. If his ERA stays this low through the end of the season, I wonder how much support he’ll get in the Cy Young voting? It would be difficult to deny the award to someone with an ERA under 2.00, even if he doesn’t pitch 200 innings.
Cueto by the numbers:
ERA - 1ST - 1.89 - 30% better than Ryan Vogelsong who is second.
WHIP - 2ND - 1.01 - Trails only Cole Hamels
OPSA - 1ST - .561 - Basically makes the rest of the league look like so many Paul Janishes.
BAA - 1st - .201 - Batters nudging the Mendoza line against Johnny C.
He should get eight more starts and end up with 15ish wins with any offensive support. He should toss around 180 innings, half of them in GABP. If he keeps up at his current pace he will be the best pitcher in the NL in 2011. Unfortunately, he probably won't sniff the Cy Young Award. It will be interesting to see how many votes he garners.