The American League Cy Young Award winner will be announced later today, and you have to figure the race is down to C.C. Sabathia and Josh Beckett.

Disregarding the post-season, of course, I believe Sabathia has the slight edge. And besides, haven't the Red Sox won enough already?

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Sabathia was 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA and 209 strikeouts in 241 innings. Beckett was 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA and 194 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings.

Voting was done after the regular season.

I'm not overly surprised that Jeremy Guthrie didn't factor in the voting for American League Rookie of the Year. The strained oblique, shoddy run support and second-half slump robbed him of some much-needed wins. His numbers just didn't stack up.

Writers from The Sun are prohibited from voting on post-season awards. That hasn't always been the case. In past years, the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) would assign us a catagory. One year, I'd vote for AL Manager of the Year, the next Most Valuable Player. It was pretty random. But no more.

Dustin Pedroia most certainly would have gotten my first-place vote this year, followed by Delmon Young - and that's the order they finished.

Brian Bannister received one first-place vote after going 12-9 with a 3.87 ERA, 44 walks and 77 strikeouts in 165 innings. Guthrie was 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA, 47 walks and 123 strikeouts in 173 1/3 innings.

Bannister isn't a bad choice to finish third, though he shouldn't have gotten a first-place vote.

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