The history of SF Giants pitchers winning the Cy Young award as the best pitcher in the National League is spotty. Only two hurlers donning the Orange and Black by the Bay have won the award, with Tim Lincecum's back-to-back honors in 2008 and 2009 the most recent (and most notable; the other was journeyman southpaw Mike McCormick in 1967).
It comes as no surprise that the 2022 winner wasn't a Giant; last week, the top-three vote-getters in each award category were announced, and despite a strong first (and possibly only) season in San Francisco, left-hander Carlos Rodon was not among them.
Tuesday night the results were announced, and as expected the NL winner of the Cy Young was Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara. The dominant righty led the National League in innings pitched and complete games and finished second in ERA and fourth in strikeouts.
After announcing the award, Major League Baseball also announced the vote totals. Each city in the league is represented for each award by two local beat writers who are part of the Baseball Writers Association of America, meaning a total of 30 voters cast ballots for the NL Cy Young.
Alcantara swept the NL first-place votes, with Atlanta's Max Fried taking second and Julio Urias of Los Angeles in third.
Rodon finished 6th in Cy Young voting
A little further down the list was Rodon. The hard-throwing lefty ended up with the sixth-most votes, with Philadelphia's Aaron Nola and Arizona's Zac Gallen finishing in fourth and fifth.
On the point scale that awards seven place for a first-place vote, four for second, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth (voters are allowed to list a total of five players), Rodon earned three in second place (one of seven pitchers to get a second-place vote), one third-place, four fourth-place and seven fifth-place votes for 30 total points.
Six others earned less votes than Rodon, and one of his teammates was second-to-last. Right-handed pitcher Logan Webb, the Giants' breakout star from the 2021 season, earned a single fourth-place vote despite having a slightly-worse 2022 and not getting a vote in his standout 2021.