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Chris Sale was stellar in his first full season in Chicago.
MVP-winning batters and Cy Young Award-winning pitchers are mirror opposites in many ways, even beyond the obvious difference that one guy is trying to cause runs while the other is preventing them.
Their career arcs, in general, are usually different as well.
MVP batters tend to develop over their first few seasons, usually leading up to that "magical" age-27 season when they "put it all together."
Pitchers, on the other hand, often explode onto the scene like a shooting star, dominating early in their career and then declining slowly as they approach age 30, if they aren't felled by an arm injury altogether.
Simply put, it's not unusual to see a great batter win an MVP award around or even after age 30. It's much less likely that Cy Young-winning pitcher will be that old.
Some recent Cy Young winners include Tim Lincecum, who won at ages 24 and 25, Johann Santana (25), Zack Greinke (25), Felix Hernandez (24) and Clayton Kershaw (23).
Of course, Justin Verlander won both the MVP and Cy Young last year as he sat smack dab in the middle of both age groups at 28.
Chris Sale will turn 24 just prior to the 2013 season and looks poised to become the toughest left-handed pitcher in baseball.
He was stellar this season, compiling a 17-8 record, 3.05 ERA while striking out 192 batters in exactly 192.0 innings.
In the mediocre AL Central, the White Sox should be in a position to win his starts more often than not, as long as their veteran offense can produce for one more year.
Predicted 2013 Stats: 21-6 record, 2.74 ERA, 217 K