Pitching may not be directly correlated to winning championships, but having a couple of pitchers in the Cy Young Award race certainly doesn’t hurt a team’s chances.
There have been several impressive campaigns put together over the last few seasons by the game’s top pitchers. In 2011, Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was named not only the Cy Young Award winner, but he was also named as the AL MVP that season as well.
But while some pitchers such as David Price, Chris Sale and Johnny Cueto continue to get better, there are some hurlers that are starting to get worse. After all, even aces regress eventually.
So which of Major League Baseball’s best pitchers are poised for big seasons in 2013 and who is bound to falter? Let’s take a look at who will have successful years while also looking at who is bound to fall off the rubber with a down year.
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