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Josh Beckett got hosed

The Cy Young award is officially the biggest joke in baseball.

Leave it to a bunch of sportswriters to screw it up. How can these guys vote on this award before the season is over? Isn’t the postseason when people see which pitchers shine, and which pitchers wilt on the big stage? If these dumbass sportswriters waited two weeks they would have seen the glaring difference between C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett. Instead they made their choice based on the regular season.

If you did a head-to-head contest based on the regular season it was a close race. Sabathia pitched more innings and had a lower ERA then Beckett. Josh Beckett on the other hand led the majors in wins with 20 and proved to be the ace of the staff.

Now let’s talk about the playoffs, where Josh Beckett went 4-0 and had 1.29 ERA and was the second coming of Don Drysdale. Beckett dominated every game he pitched and was hands down the best player on the field. Sabathia, on the other hand, looked like the second coming of Calvin Schiraldi, touting a 10.45 ERA. This guy was in a neck-and-neck competition with Fausto Carmona to see who could look worse on the mound. But looking bad on the mound is nothing new to fat-ass Sabathia.

This guy needs to take a long look in the mirror, provided that he can find one big enough, and realize that he stole this award from Beckett. It’s easy to play in relative obscurity when you play in Cleveland, but when the ALCS rolls around it’s time to bring your A-game. Sabathia had the deer-in-the-headlights look throughout the series with Boston and it showed in his horrendous performances.

This is a bullshit award. The writers got it wrong.

Baseball Writers, take note:

I hate to jinx anything with the Red Sox, but Josh Beckett is going to be the first Boston pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since Pedro Martinez.

After a disappointing first year in the American League last year, Beckett has come back to have the most successful season of his seven year career. He is the Major League leader in wins with 18 and is limiting hitters to a .245 batting average. He has turned into the prototypical power pitcher out of the same mold as Nolan Ryan and Roger Clemens.

Pitchers Dan Haren and Johan Santana are going to be Beckett’s strongest competition for the award. Both are the aces of their staffs. Both are in the top 5 in the American League in both ERA and WHIP. But what the Baseball Writers Association of America has to consider is that both of their teams have been out of the playoff race for the past six weeks. Meanwhile, Beckett has been pitching in a pressure cooker since opening day. Every game is a playoff game when you play in Boston.

With his fiery attitude and assaults on the team’s water cooler after a disappointing inning, Beckett has shown that he is ready to be the big-game pitcher the Red Sox hoped for when they traded for him. Let’s hope he is recognized for his efforts.