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In defense of Kershaw over Halladay; Phillies fans need not fret

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John Shields is a contributor on Team to Beat as well as a writer for The Philly Phans. Here is his latest up at TPP.

Last night MLB announced the winner of the 2011 Cy Young in the National League.

The recipient of baseball’s highest award for pitching this season? Lefty Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Yes, the same young superstar that finished the season an impressive 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA while pitching for a team that finished 82-80.

Winning 20+ games with a team that is “average” is hard to do. Toronto finished 81-81 with nobody over 15 wins. An even more impressive stat: Kershaw won over a quarter of their games.

To many in this area, this was an outrage! a shocker! People were furious that our beloved ace got robbed. As for a small amount of fans in this area, myself included, there was no surprise involved. Kershaw was the best pitcher in the National League this year and earned this award.

Read the rest of Shield’s post at The Philly Phans.

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