Some Cardinal news today.
The NL Cy Young Award was announced today, with Roy Halladay the unanimous winner. Adam Wainwright finished second. I had voted for Halladay as the league’s best pitcher back in October, so no argument there. I had Wainwright third and Ubaldo Jimenez second, and the BBWAA reversed that order. And that’s fine; they each had outstanding seasons, although in hindsight I see the argument for Wainwright as being stronger the whole season (Jimenez had that ridiculous start but faded a little bit).
The other item of interest is Jake Westbrook’s signing. The Cardinals announced signing the righty to a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Terms have not been announced, although the ST PD site has some speculation on the amounts.
Once again the Cardinal rotation looks pretty formidable on paper. Adam Wainwright, Chris Carpenter, Jake Westbrook, Jamie Garcia, Kyle Lohse. Wainwright as the Cy Young runner-up, Carp a former winner and 2009’s runner-up, Garcia the bronze medalist in 2010 ROY voting, that’s pretty good. If Westbrook can throw a whole season like he did after the trade deadline, and if Lohse can recapture his 2008 form, this rotation becomes lethal.
Of course, we were saying the same things last off-season about the Carpenter/Wainwright/Lohse/Penny rotation, so some circumspection is appropriate. But I have to say I like this move.
(also a belated congratulations to Jamie Garcia on his third place finish in the ROY voting. Finishing behind a guy largely credited for sparking the Giants title run, and the best OF to debut in a long time, is nothing to hang your head about).