Erik Bedard punches out 11 Texas Rangers to tie Mike Mussina’s Baltimore club record of 218 strike outs in a season, and it’s still August. More importantly, he got the win, running his mark to 13-4 for a 58-65 team. Basically, he’s having a season comparable to Steve Carlton’s immortal 27-win campaign for the 59-win ’72 Phillies team … except way better.
Hyperbole aside, Bedard is on everyone’s short list for the AL Cy Young right now, and he’d be the award’s first winner from a losing team since, uh, well, last year, actually, when Brandon Webb won it for the D-Backs. But in the AL, he’d be the first Cy Young from a loser since Roger Clemens won it with the Blue Jays in ’97. So that’s something.
In summary, to quote Camden Chat, “BUH DARD!”