The MLB is full of competition. You got young players competing to get into the league, and then you got players competing for everyday roster spots. And, of course you got teams competing to win everyday and make a playoff push. But I want to look at a very interesting competition... Every year since 1956, the Cy Young Award is given to two men, the most outstanding pitchers in the NL and AL. Like most years, this year’s race is very tight. Here are my predictions:
Max Scherzer (Nationals)
Scherzer was nothing short of fantastic this season leading the NL in innings pitched, wins and strikeouts. He had 20 wins in 228.1 innings pitched. He retired 284 batters. That is more than anyone else by 31. Although he doesn’t lead the league in ERA, as he sits in 8th with a 2.96, this is still an elite number. The most important criteria for this award cannot be measured in stats. Scherzer is just purely dominant. He knows how to work different situations and fool the batter. This guy really has “Great Stuff.”
Kyle Hendricks (Cubs), Jon Lester (Cubs), Noah Syndergaard (Mets), Madison Bumgarner (Giants)
Justin Verlander (Tigers)
Although the pitching in the AL was not nearly as strong as the pitching in the NL, Verlander had a tremendous year. He lead the AL in strikeouts with 254, respectively. That is second in the entire MLB, behind none other than Max Scherzer. He also attained the second lowest ERA in the AL with a 3.04. He had the 6th most wins with 16, and he gave the Tigers a chance to win every game in which he started.
Corey Kluber (Indians), Rick Porcello (Red Sox), J.A. Happ (Blue Jays)
We will find out the official winners on November 16!