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Josh Beckett couldn’t beat Sabathia for the third time in a month. Sabathia takes the Cy Young award with 241 IP, a 19-7 record, a 3.21 ERA, and 1.14 WHIP. Beckett had 200.2 IP with a 20-7 record, a 3.27 ERA, and a 1.14 WHIP. All together Sabathia had Beckett beat in IP with 40.1 more, ERA by .06, and had 5 more quality starts. Altogether Sabathia had 34 starts, 25 of which were quality starts. Beckett had 30 starts, 20 of which were quality starts. The only stat where Beckett had an edge over other pitchers was wins, being the only guy to win 20. But he was only 1 win better. Not much of a difference to separate him from other candidates.
In the voting C.C. Sabathia received 19 of 28 first-place votes. Totaling 119 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Beckett got eight first-place votes and came in second with 86 points. John Lackey came in third in voting.