As the calendar turned towards June this season, Zack Greinke had allowed just 10 earned runs. His ERA was an outrageous 1.10. His performances were unreal—almost legendary.
As we stand here in September, not much has changed for Greinke.
His magical season has continued and his outings have been the only thing worth mentioning about the Royals this season.
The 25-year-old has dominated opposing lineups with such ease, it makes you wonder if he is human or not.
When judging Cy Young Award candidates, Greinke's name needs to be mentioned first and foremost among anyone else. His numbers sparkle through the mud of another Kansas City Royals season.
His 2.22 ERA is better than those of Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez, CC Sabathia, and Justin Verlander.
His 210 strikeouts rank second among that group (Verlander, 222).
His WHIP of 1.08 leads the league, as does his 0.5 home runs allowed per game.
The Zack Attack is also tops in the league with six complete games and three shutouts.
To put that in perspective, the Royals bullpen has gotten six days off because of Greinke's work. Six times. If they were contending, their bullpen would be six days fresher than any other team. Almost a whole week off—imagine that.
His name won't appear in one major category, but through no fault of his own. His 13 wins, though impressive, make for a stat lower than all four of the above-mentioned pitchers.
Verlander and Sabathia, both on division-leading teams, have 16 wins each.
Greinke's record could easily be 20-5, and it likely should be. If he played on any other team in baseball, it would come close to it.
Greinke has been the most dominant pitcher in the game this season, certainly in the American League.
His year is even more impressive considering he battled social anxiety disorder and depression just three years ago.
If we give "lifetime achievement awards" for Tim Wakefield, who made his first All-Star team this year, surely there's room for Greinke to bring home some hardware.
Please, voters, look away from the record and the team he plays for. His resume is tops this year and should be viewed as such.
Greinke for Cy Young. Make it happen.