Welch's 27 wins was the most ever in the AL in the DH era. That alone should be enough for the Cy Young, in my book.
TangoTiger chimed in with saying that Welch should get some team award for most wins, because wins are a team stat. My reply:
Don't give me that "team award" nonsense. There is only one award for pitchers, and that's the Cy Young. So that's the award I'm giving Welch.
Both Boston and the A's were good teams in 1990. With a little luck, Clemens (or Stewart) might have won 27 instead of Welch. But he didn't have that luck, did he? At some point, you gotta reward what people *actually* do (win *actual* games), instead of what they might have done with better luck in some Monte Carlo simulation.
Clemens matched up against Dave Stewart *five times* in 1990 (twice in the playoffs), and lost all five, including the final game where he showed up wearing that stupid eyeblack and got himself thrown out of the game.
I saw all five of those games. If you want to impress me enough to give you a Cy Young with 21 wins when I have pitchers with 27 and 22 wins, you have to beat me every once in a while, and not go all psycho on me when it counts the most. My 1990 ballot goes: Welch, Stewart, Clemens, in that order.
No doubt Clemens had some great peripheral stats in 1990, and no doubt Clemens was the better pitcher over his career. I wouldn't even argue with you if you said he was the best pitcher ever. But 1990 was the year the A's kicked Clemens' ass from coast to coast, and there's no way I'm letting him get a 1990 Cy Young, if I have anything to say about it.