Continuing our series of SB Nation awards, we announce the National League Cy Young winner this afternoon.
For the first time in SB Nation award balloting, we have co-winners. This isn't surprising, as late in the year when this award was being discussed, it appeared that both the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw and the Phillies' Roy Halladay had legitimate claims to it. So it somehow seems fitting that they have tied with 149 points. Kershaw had one more first place vote (14) than Halladay (13).
Here are the two BCB ballots. Voting was for the top five; points awarded on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis.
Al: Kershaw, Lee, Halladay, Kennedy, Lincecum Mike: Kershaw, Halladay, Kennedy, Lee, Hamels
Now, I suppose you could blame me for Halladay's failure to win, because had I put him second, he would have. I voted for Cliff Lee second because he is one of only two pitchers (Randy Johnson the other in 1998) to have six CG shutouts in a season in the last 20 years. Lee had two scoreless inning streaks during 2011 of 24 or more innings, a very impressive feat. On the other hand, the voter who put Kershaw fifth also could have "cost" him the solo award.
Complete voting after the jump.