Among them, those three led the league in almost every major statistical category, including wins (Wainwright), winning percentage (Carpenter), innings pitched (Wainwright), complete games (Lincecum, tied with teammate
Any of the three would make a deserving winner, but barring a tie (which has only happened once in the history of the Cy Young, and never in the National League), only one will take home the hardware. Who has the edge?
BB/9: Carpenter 1.78 (third), Lincecum 2.72 (22nd).
Each of the three has a compelling case, but it seems likely that in the end Wainwright will miss out on his chance for a first Cy Young, while either Carpenter or Lincecum will win his second. The award was likely decided by which pitcher was better down the stretch, in which case Carpenter can start readying his acceptance speech.