In Major League Baseball, these are the days of the pitcher.
Since 2006, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage have all regressed year by year, while strikeout rates have increased by the same annual trend (data courtesy of Baseball-Reference.com).
Like last season, the league will be absolutely stacked with talented arms in 2013.
In 2012, the American League Cy Young race saw a very tight competition between Tampa Bay's David Price and Detroit's Justin Verlander. The National League Cy Young Award, which was won by 38-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, was one of the more surprising ones in recent years.
With fresh faces in new places this season, this year's Cy Young battle should be one for the ages in both leagues.
Without further delay, here are my rankings of the top five candidates for the award in each league.