Last year, the American League Cy Young Award Winner was Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. Greinke was by far the best pitcher in the AL, posting a 16-8 record, a 2.18 ERA, a 205 ERA+, a 1.07 WHIP, a 9.5 K/9 rate, and a 4.75 K/BB ratio. He even evaluated his own performance citing sabremetrics, posting a 2.33 FIP and leading all players in the American League with a 9.4 WAR. Yes, a pitcher was worth over nine wins to a team. That's how dominate he was.
This year, it's a different story. There is no clear frontrunner for the award. CC Sabathia leads the league in wins, Clay Buccholz leads the league in ERA, Jered Weaver and Felix Hernandez are tied in strikeouts, Cliff Lee leads the league in WHIP and K/BB. There is debate over which stat is more important, which could decide the winner of the award. Here is my take on the top five candidates for the 2010 American League Cy Young Award