Does thirteen wins not lead the league?
Do the Mets not lead the standings by a mile and a half?
Is there not a relatively weak field this season in the National League?
So what's the problem?
Oh yeah...that small detail regarding the man whom the award was named for rolling over in his grave if Steve Trachsel were to win his award.
Steve Trachsel's propensity for turning blowouts into games of interest, and attempting to use every inch of his run support like a drunken frat boy at Pamplona might make him the only pitcher to lead his league in victories to be discussed in terms of not getting a postseason start. Now don't get me wrong, an 11-1 stretch will earn Trachsel (or on nights like tonight, Whacked-sel) at least one postseason start...but there's only so many times you can run from those bulls before they gore you.
And that's why, in this season of no N.L. pitcher grabbing the bull by the horns (not to be confused with the dead horse I'm beating with the bull references), the Cy Young award should be split amongst the members of the Mets mighty bull pen (OK, I couldn't avoid that one). After all, who is most responsible for Steve Trachsel gaining a share of the win lead in the N.L. other than the 'pen?
No sooner do those words come out of my keyboard than I look at Rob Neyer's Cy Young predictor...and look who's number one!
You still may not completely trust Billy Wagner, ladies and gentlemen. But every so often, we need a reminder to take a breath, smell the flowers, taste the coffee, and consider the alternatives...because we know them well:
"We've been defending Benitez about all the one-run leads (he has blown). But if I have to take him out with a four-run lead, I should be worried there." -Felipe Alou, Giants managerWhoa dude!
"Asked what he needed to see from Benitez, who has blown eight of 23 save chances, Alou answered bluntly: 'I don't know. Get people out.'"Ask an obvious question, get an obvious answer, yes?
But let's not let our hatred of Armando Benitez blur the smaller picture, kids:
- The Mets, one night after their best 24 hours of the season, did not let up.
- Jose Reyes is a monster.
- Chris Woodward's swing has been dusted off with some regular work and is now showing his value.
- Shawn Green lands at JFK at about...now.
- And Mike McGann is a bitter Yankee-establishment hack who has admitted to being the spawn of Satan.
Life's still good.