At this point, Chris Carpenter would have to throw three straight no hitters to wrestle the Cy Young away from Tim Lincecum... and even then, I'm not sure he'd earn it.
You want stats?
Lincecum won his 13th game, 4th in the league.
He lowered his ERA to 2.33, 2nd in the league.
He leads the league in innings pitched.
He has the third lowest WHIP.
He has the second lowest batting average against.
He leads the league in strikeouts.
He leads the league in complete games.
He is tied for the league lead in shutouts.
And now you want your ace showing up for the big game?
How's about tonight's game in San Francisco? Colorado coming into town... Giants need to win... and he throws 8 shutout innings and brings the Giants to within 2 games of a playoff spot in late August.
He's won it.
He will be a two time Cy Young winner before his 26th birthday.
Nope, I don't think it is too early to be wondering where his place will be among the all time San Francisco legends.
Stay healthy pal... you are getting the hard part of your Hall of Fame resume out of the way early!!!