With about six weeks to go in the season, the AL Cy Young race is down to less than a handful of legitimate candidates.
Some guys are having seasons that may have garnered them an All-Star nod earlier this year, but they've already fallen out of the race for one reason or another.
Those players include:
Josh Beckett: The ERA is a ridiculous 2.17, and the WHIP is a sparkling .94, but Beckett's record is at 9-4. Sure Felix Hernandez won last year with a great ERA, but Beckett pitches on the best team in the AL and not the worst. Furthermore, Beckett has less wins than John Lackey this season.
Felix Hernandez: The aforementioned Hernandez is having a solid, but nowhere near spectacular season. He's 10-10, his ERA is 3.30 and he's striking out just shy of one batter an inning.
Dan Haren: Haren is putting together a season that could compete for a Cy Young in a down season, as he's 12-6 with a 2.96 ERA. The problem is he's playing second fiddle to rotation-mate Jered Weaver, who is besting him across the board.
And now that we've eliminated the fringe guys, onto the only three real candidates for this year's award.