Updating NL Cy Young Odds for Contenders After Dominant Matt Harvey Shutout

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIAugust 8, 2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 07:  Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets pumps his fist after getting the final out in the eighth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on August 7, 2013 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mets defeated the Rockies 5-0.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Matt Harvey took another step toward winning his first Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, pitching his first complete game by shutting out the Colorado Rockies.

The 24-year-old New York Mets' ace took the mound at home against the Carlos Gonzalez-less Rockies for Harvey Day, and he didn't disappoint.

It's surprising that the man with a 2.09 ERA and 0.86 WHIP had yet to complete a game before Wednesday, but he hadn't been able to go the distance in the past.

Perhaps the reason why Harvey was able to record all 27 outs was because he wasn't throwing as hard as he usually does.

Terry Collins said he liked Matt Harvey pitching mostly at 94-95 instead of 98. He left something in tank to complete game.

— Adam Rubin (@AdamRubinESPN) August 8, 2013

Either way, he finished the game and was elated afterward.

Matt Harvey on fist career shutout: "It feels awesome." #Mets http://t.co/F5YJlK4AYl

— ESPN New York (@ESPNNewYork) August 8, 2013

The real question facing Harvey and MLB fans right now is how this affects his chances of winning the NL Cy Young Award.

The competition is stiff for Harvey, but his odds are better than ever. Let's take a look at where he stands right now.

 

4. Patrick Corbin: 5-1

The Arizona Diamondbacks' ace is only 24 years old, but with the third-lowest ERA in the NL, Corbin has a chance to win the Cy Young Award.

Unfortunately for Corbin, his accomplishments are going largely unnoticed. He is 12-3 with an ERA of 2.33 and a WHIP of 1.02. His 4.2 WAR also ranks fifth in the NL.

Corbin has lost his last two starts, but after starting the year 12-1 he has proven himself to be a Cy Young contender. And what's more, he's already pitched a complete game himself.

 

3. Adam Wainwright: 4-1

Wainwright is having another terrific season, posting an ERA of 2.66 and a WHIP of 1.05 this year.

His curveball has been as good as ever, and as you can see in the graphic below, he is getting batters to swing and miss when he drops the curve out of the zone, while they can't hit it when he throws it over the plate.

Wainwright's nasty curve and filthy command have him striking out batters left and right. His strikeout-to-walk ratio of almost 7.5 is incredible, and it blows away the next closest pitcher, Harvey, who is at 6.14.

Wainwright's control has been his best weapon, and he can use that to put together a Cy Young-worthy resume.

 

T-1. Clayton Kershaw: 3-1

The best pitcher in the game today is looking to win his second Cy Young Award in three years.

Kershaw has been as good as advertised this season, and with the Dodgers as hot as they are, he's sure to pick up a few more wins this season.

Kershaw leads the MLB in ERA (1.91) and WAR (6.0), while he is second in WHIP (0.88) and strikeouts (166). He has been insanely dominant, and he has made a great case to win yet another Cy Young Award this season.

 

T-1. Matt Harvey: 3-1

The man, the myth, the legend has made a pretty good case himself. Mets fans have certainly taken notice of Harvey's dominance, and they want him to win the award.

Matt Harvey is running away with the Cy Young this year. First shutout of his career earned tonight. @MLB

— Danny Klotz (@DannyBKlotz) August 8, 2013

If the Cy Young Award were a fan vote like the All-Star Game, Harvey would win in a landslide, as New Yorkers have fallen in love with him, even if they don't recognize him.

Harvey leads the NL in strikeouts and WHIP, while he is second in ERA and WAR. He and Kershaw have essentially been pushing each other to new heights all year, and it's impossible to pick between the two.

Harvey has burst onto the scene this year, and it looks like he could win a Cy Young Award in the process...unless Kershaw has something to say about that.