When Seattle Mariners' pitcher Felix Hernandez threw a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, the American League Cy Young award talk began. Hernandez's performance was a memorable one as he struck out 12 Rays batters. However, he doesn't deserve to win the Cy Young award.
The award, as of right now, belongs to Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim's pitcher Jered Weaver.
Weaver, who had a no-hitter of his own earlier this year, has been almost flawless for the entire 2012 season. He currently leads the American League in almost every major pitching statistic. His 15 wins, 2.22 ERA, 0.920 WHIP and 6.3 H/9 are all the best in the league, which makes it obvious that he deserves the award at this point.
The only stat that doesn't blow anyone away at first glance is Weaver's strikeouts. In 21 starts, he only has 106 strikeouts, which tallies out to 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings.
In a league generally known for it's hitting, Weaver has been dominate. By the end of the season, he could very well have 20 or more wins. To put his ERA into perspective, Detroit Tigers' pitcher Justin Verlander, who won the 2011 Cy Young, finished with a 2.40 ERA last season. With an ERA of 2.22, Weaver is on pace to have a much lower final ERA than Verlander.
Compared to the rest of the American League pitchers this season, Weaver is dominating in ERA. Verlander is currently second in the league with an ERA of 2.46, far behind Weaver.
When it comes to WHIP, it's not even close. Verlander is also second in the league in WHIP, but his WHIP of 0.991 is much higher than Weaver's 0.920.
While there is still a month and a half left in the regular season, Weaver is in the driver's seat to win the American League Cy Young award. A few bad starts could change that, but for now the award is Weaver's.