For the second consecutive year, Tim Lincecum wins the National League Cy Young Award, and deservedly so. Lincecum helped anchor the San Francisco Giants' pitching staff, which was one of the best in baseball.
Lincecum is the eighth pitcher in major league history to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards. The 25-year earned 100 points, edging Chris Carpenter (94 pts.) and Adam Wainwright (90 pts.).
Lincecum started 32 games (225.1 innings pitched). He went 15-7 with a 2.48 earned run average. He led the National League in strikeouts, with 261 (10.5 strike outs per nine). He had a 1.05 WHIP. Opponents batted .206 against him.
Lincecum faced a lot of controversy since the season ended, but not for what he did on the field. Lincecum was cited earlier this month for possession of marijuana. (Dock Ellis, anyone?) Lincecum says that he regrets his actions, but will have a hearing in December. In the meantime, he'll be celebrating his Cy Young Award and prepare for 2010.