This week, Fangraphs is asking readers to vote for the pitcher they think should win the AL Cy Young Award.

On Saturday, Fangraphs author Dave Cameron tweeted an update:

Today, the results are in and it’s Hernandez in a landslide.

I didn’t vote for Hernandez, nor did I vote for Liriano. I voted for Cliff Lee, and I’ll tell you why. It was his K/BB ratio. I just can’t get over how good it is.

Lee isn’t going to win the AL Cy Young, because the voters value wins and CC Sabathia has lots of wins.

But wins are a terrible way to judge a pitcher’s performance, and all metrics worth paying attention to paint a muddy picture.

ERA says King Felix is the man.

But you know what’s better than ERA? FIP. And FIP says Liriano is champ.

But hold on. WAR says it’s a dead heat between Hernandez, Liriano and Lee.

So how’s a progressive baseball fan to choose?

A lot of people are siding with Hernandez because he leads the league in strikeouts and innings pitched. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

But I’m less impressed by Hernandez’s modest advantages in those two categories than I am by Lee’s huge edge in K/BB ratio. It’s just too good to ignore, in my opinion.

Lee has walked 12 batters all season. That’s the best mark in the AL. And he’s struck out 161, which is 11th best in the AL. His K/BB ratio, 13.42, is by far the best in baseball. In fact, it’s the best in the history of baseball. Last month, Fangraphs looked at Lee and determined that — taking into account intentional walks and hit batters — his K/BB ratio is actually twice as good as the next best ratio in history, Brett Saberhagen’s strike-shortened 1994 season.

I find that wildly impressive.

The truth is, you can’t go wrong voting for either Hernandez, Liriano or Lee. But for my money, I’m going with the guy with the historically great control.

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