So if you didn't hear yet, Tim Hudson won the 2010 NL Comeback Player of the Year Award (Francisco Liriano won it in the AL). As a Mets fan, I am disappointed that R.A. Dickey did not win. However, I wanted to look at some numbers and see who actually deserved it. So here you go.
Difference in WAR from 2009 to 2010
Dickey added a whole extra win more than Hudson.
Difference in ERA from 2009 to 2010
Dickey trimmed a whole run off of his ERA more than Hudson.
Difference in FIP from 2009 to 2010
Hudson actually pitched worse based on FIP this year than last year while Dickey improved his FIP by a run and a third.
Dickey: 174.1 (he also pitched an extra 60 innings in the minors but I havent included his minor league stats for this activity)
In 2009, Hudson earned 17 thousandths of a win for every inning he pitched. Dickey lost a five thousandth of a game for every inning he pitched in 2009.
Obviously this isn't the greatest stat as the number for all players would be extremely small, however this still shows that Dickey pitched better this year than Hudson in terms of performance in a period of time.
Difference in WAR/IP from 2009 to 2010
This is another metric that shows Hudson actually decreased his level of pitching from 2009 to 2010 while Dickey improved.
Thats about all the numbers you need. If you wanted you could look up some more numbers and most of them show Dickey improved more than Hudson. Namely, Dickey improved his WHIP more than Hudson did. I don't feel like copying the numbers down but Hudson improved his WHIP by .31 and Dickey improved his by .43. So yeah. No matter how you look at it, just about all the numbers point to Dickey deserving the Comeback Player of the Year Award more than Hudson. You could even make the case that Dickey had a better season period. But thats a discussion for another day.