Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia runs away with the 2007 Cy Young Award. Josh Beckett came up 33 points short of the award with only eight first place votes, 14 second place votes and four third place votes.
Sabathia finished the 2007 regular season with a 19-7 record, a 3.21 ERA, a .259 opponents batting average and a 37-209 walk-to-strikeout ratio.
To add insult to injury, two baseball writers left Beckett off the ballot. How can you leave baseball's ONLY 20 game winner off of the ballot? It is completely inexcusable! These writers need to be stripped of their voting privileges for ANY baseball awards!
But Red Sox fans do not be disappointed with Beckett not winning the Cy Young. You cannot ask for any more from the guy. After a disappointing 2006 season, Beckett stepped up his game in 2007 and pitched himself to a 20-7 record, 3.27 ERA, .245 opponents batting average and a 40-194 walk-to-strikeout ratio. Not to mention putting the Sox on his back and bringing them back from a 3-1 deficit in ALCS, earning him ALCS MVP honors.
Beckett's performance in the playoffs is much greater than whatever he gave us in the regular season. When he pitched in the post-season, he was so dominating that the game was over before it started. It was Tom Brady-esque. It was Pedro Martinez in 1999.