Zack Greinke Wins the AL Cy Young
Playing on a last place team could've hurt Zack Greinke's chances at winning the American League Cy Young Award, but writers made the right decision, handing the Royals' ace the award after he led the league in ERA and still managed 16 wins despite getting some of the worst run support in baseball.
A few years ago, it seemed Greinke, once a top prospect, would not fulfill his potential as a baseball player. He struggled early in his Royals career and had to take a full season off due to an anxiety disorder.
The Royals brought him back slowly, pitching him out of the bullpen for most of the 2007 season.
He returned to the rotation last season and won 13 games with a 3.47 ERA before his breakthrough this season.
Greinke's Cy Young win was also a victory for fans of statistical analysis, who for years have rebelled against using pitchers' wins as a basis for Cy Young consideration.