As almost all of the baseball world expected, Clayton Kershaw was announced as the winner of the BBWAA’s National League Cy Young award on Wednesday night. He was a unanimous choice, the result of leading the Majors in victories(21-3) and ERA (1.77).
The only question regarding Kershaw is whether he garnered enough support to also win the Most Valuable Player Award, which we learn on Thursday.
Cincinnati pitcher Johnny Cueto finished second in the voting with 112 points, which was again based on a 5-3-1 scoring system. Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals finished in third place with 97 points.
Not the most popular player in St. Louis stemming from his kicking of Jason LaRue in a Cardinals-Reds brawl in 2010, it might be understandably tough for some in Cardinals Nation to accept Cueto receiving more votes than Wainwright–but here’s why:
Both pitchers had 20 wins, but Cueto was slightly better in ERA (2.25/2.38), Innings Pitched (243.2/227), Hits Per 9 innings (6.24/7/30), Opponents Batting Average (.194/.222), and Strikeouts (242, 179) among other statistical categories.
Adam Wainwright is clearly not just the ace of the St. Louis Cardinals staff, but one of the best pitchers in baseball–and was recognized as such with his third place finish in the voting. And maybe he deserved more credit for finding ways to be effective as he pitched through the issues which resulted in the elbow cleanup after the season. But for the tangible numbers, which those who were unable to witness Wainwright pitch on a regular basis would need to rely more heavily upon, the advantage clearly titled to Cueto.
THIRD ANNUAL HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
–The St. Louis Cardinals’ Front Office is once again teaming up with Cardinals Care, the American Red Cross and KMOV to provide holiday gifts to area youth in need, including children of military families at Scott Air Force Base.
In the third year of the partnership, the team is asking fans to support a gift drive (#Gifts4Kids) on the morning of Wednesday, December 3rd at the Clark Street entrance to Ballpark Village. Fredbird and volunteers will collect new, unwrapped toys and gift cards which will be distributed to local children in need throughout the holiday season.
“Over the past two years, we’ve collected nearly 2,000 toys and gift cards for children of local military families,” said Michael Hall, Vice President of Community Relations and Executive Director of Cardinals Care. “Thanks to the generosity of our Cardinals community, we’re able to expand the gift drive this holiday season to reach even more deserving children throughout the St. Louis area.”
Starting at 6 a.m. on December 3rd, volunteers from each organization will collect new, unwrapped toys for kids under 12 and gift cards for kids over 13. Fans can drop off donations from 6 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Ballpark Village entrance on Clark Street in front of Busch Stadium Gate 5. All fans who donate items will receive a Cardinals stocking and stocking stuffer, a coupon for a free pizza from Papa John’s, as well as complimentary hot chocolate from Delaware North Sportservice (while supplies last).
A portion of the toys and gift cards will be distributed to select Cardinals Care partner agencies for delivery throughout the holiday season, while the remaining gifts will be given out by Fredbird during Breakfast with Santa at Scott Air Force Base hosted by the American Red Cross on December 6th. Fans can learn more at cardinals.com/community.
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