Before the 1972 season, the Cardinals traded Hall of Fame left-hander, Steve Carlton, to the hapless Philadelphia Phillies. In 1971, the Phillies finished in 6th place in the East with a record of 67-95.
Logic would tell you that Steve Carlton's performance would be adversely affected by the his new digs, considering the team he was coming from, the '71 Cardinals, finished 90-72. Sometimes, in baseball, even the best logic doesn't exactly play out as you'd expect.
In 1972, Steve Carlton had 30 complete games, 27 wins, 310 Ks, and an ERA of 1.97; winning the NL Cy Young. The craziest thing about
In my opinion, Steve Carlton's '72 Cy Young was the most impressive Cy Young in history because of his relative excellence compared to his teammates. Take away
Below is abstract of the five pitchers I considered candidates for the NL Cy Young (through 7/26):
A very good argument could be made for each of these pitchers. Webb leads all candidates with a 2.64 ERA, Carpenter leads all with a 1.12 WHIP, and Arroyo and Harang have led