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Can I Get a Mulligan?

Here (pdf file) is the final MLB Sunday page of the season, featuring a look ahead to the postseason, in which we rank the top rotations of the remaining contenders, a look at some of the worst performances of the season, and my picks for the major awards this season.

Too bad I had to file all the text for this page on Friday, because I do believe Johan Santana's transcendent performance yesterday for the Mets may have moved him past Tim Lincecum for the NY Cy Young. Normally, one game wouldn't change my opinion, but Santana was so good -- and the difference between him and Lincecum was so small, in my mind -- that I was swayed.

I admit -- I am also swayed by the fact Santana's performance moved him past Lincecum in VORP for the season (73.6 versus 69.3), even though, as I point out in the paper, I am no slave to VORP. It's just another piece of information that, I believe, ought to be considered.

Here are the other pertinent numbers:

Lincecum: 17-5, 2.66 ERA, 252 Ks, 220 IP, 162 OPS+ (adjusted for park and league effects, with 100 being league average)

Santana: 16-7, 2.53 ERA, 206 Ks, 234 1/3 IP, 163 OPS+

The numbers are close enough to where I feel comfortable changing my pick to the guy who gave one of the most brilliant, gutsy, clutch pitching performances I've ever seen.

My NL Cy Young pick: Johan Santana.

Good thing we have this blog now. Otherwise, I'd be stuck with Lincecum (which, I suppose, would not be such a terrible thing).

By Dave Sheinin  |  September 28, 2008; 1:22 PM ET
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Nice job with MLB Sunday. Given the strength of the #4 starters, did the Angels make a mistake going with the long series? Or have the Angels made up for the small difference in the rotations by allowing more use of the bullpen?

Posted by: PTBNL | September 28, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps, but Santana will still be watching on TV.

Posted by: CC Sabathia | September 28, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Dave, okay, but only if you take back the part about the Mariners stealing the #1 pick from the Nats.

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 28, 2008 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Brandon Webb.

To quote the great Herm Edwards, "you play to WIN the game."

Posted by: John O. | September 28, 2008 8:18 PM | Report abuse

I liked the way you dished out the awards, Dave. My only gripe is that I am swayed by VORP, and even though his isn't the highest, Kevin Youkilis deserves the MVP more than Pedroia. His stats are better, but his VORP is weighed down by his position. Playing 1b and 3b, depending on the injuries, with great defense helps him, and his stats with RISP are better than Pedroia's.

Posted by: BF | September 29, 2008 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Again, another FANTASTIC year of MLB Sunday. Thanks Dave, and your super staff.

Posted by: RLP | September 29, 2008 1:53 PM | Report abuse

MLB Sunday is super!

Posted by: natsfan1a | September 29, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

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