Top Five AL Cy Young Candidates
With the baseball regular season coming to a end it is about time to talk Cy Young award candidates. The NL dominated the pitching early with the help of Ubaldo Jimenez and Roy Halladay, but the AL pitchers have been no slouches either. CC Sabathia leads all the majors in wins and Clay Buchholz is second in ERA.
In the AL it will come down to just a hand full of pitchers that will be considered. Most of them play for teams in the playoff hunt or a division leader.
5. Trevor Cahill
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This is a some what sleeper pick, for Cahill to be considered he will have to pick up a few more wins. He is currently sitting 3rd in the AL in ERA at 2.72 and has a 15-6 record. He plays on a team that could be very good in a few years with the young strong rotation they have. The Oakland A's are at the moment 1 game under .500, they sit 7.5 games back of the Texas Rangers. Trevor has been a little overshadowed by team Dallas Braden this season because of his Perfect Game and his run in with Yankees third basemen Alex Rodriquez.
Cahill has been the most consistent starter in the A's rotation this season. He has one complete game shutout to go along with his record and ERA. He has struck out 94 batters in 165 innings of work and walked only 54. Opponents are hitting a messily .210 against the A's starter which is a big reason he has been so dominate.
4. Clay Buchholz
The next pitcher is Bostons young gun Clay Buchholz, he has been the ace of the staff along with Jon Lester. Since Josh Beckett has been injured all year long Buchholz needed to step up. He did just that, posting a solid 15-6 record for a depleted Red Sox team. He is the owner of one of the lowest ERA in the AL at 2.33.
So far this season Clay has pitched 151 innings and has struck out 103 batters. Batters are hitting a horrible .225 against the righty this season. Buchholz should get roughly four or five more starts and could reach 18 or possibly 19 wins. If he can also get his ERA lower and possibly under 2.00 he could easily become the leader for the Cy Young. At this time Clay has a 17-7 record with just about 5 games remaining in the season.
3. Felix Hernandez
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Coming in number three on the list is the ace of the Seattle Mariners Felix Hernandez. He is easily one of the top young arms in baseball and this year has been nothing short of brilliant. The problem for him is he plays on a horrible team which affects his pinching outcomes. If he played for a team like the Yankees, Red Sox, or Rays he might have 20 wins by now.
Hernandez owns the second best ERA in the AL at a cool 2.31. His record however shows how bad the Mariners have been, but if you take into the fact that he has literally owned the New York Yankees this year then he could win. He has 227 strikeouts to go along with 68, he has pitch five complete and has one shutout. He is currently at a 12-12 record.
2. David Price
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Prize is the best pitcher on possibly the best team in baseball, price has been in the lead or around it for basically the whole season. As for right now he stands in second but could be first if things go his way.
David has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Rays and has defiantly lived up to that number 1 overall pick. He currently holds a 18-6 record with an impressive 2.84 ERA. Price has 179 stikeouts compared to only 79 walks.
1. CC Sabathia
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As of right now the leader to win the AL Cy Young Award has to go to the Yankees ace CC Sabathia. He is almost unbeatable when pitching at home, losing for the first time in over a year. He strung together a great streak of wins and has been slowly lower his ERA throughout his last few starts.
As of right now he projects for just one more start and could finish the season with 21 wins. He currently has a 20-7 record, his first career 20 win season and first Yankees since Mike Mussina. Sabathia has 189 strikeouts compared to 72 walks. His ERA is just outside of the AL top 5, its at 3.26.