There are a few pitchers in the American League that are straight dominating this season. You usually see 1 or 2, but this is rare to have this many. These guys are baffling hitters every game, rarely putting up a bad outing. The Cy Young Award will be a tight race down the stretch.
Chris Sale: 11-4, 2.04 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 207 K, .179 BAA. That’s dominance. Chris Sale set the MLB record last night by getting his 200th strikeout in only 136 innings, breaking his own record he set last year. His 11-4 record would be even better, but the Red Sox bullpen has blown a few games for him, including last night, a game they eventually won anyway. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over his last 3 starts.
Trevor Bauer: 9-6, 2.32 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 192 K, .212 BAA. Trevor Bauer is putting up the kind of season that could easily win a Cy Young in most years, but he has some catching up to do in order to catch the other guys. He has kept batters guessing all season and has become one of the top pitchers in the league. Paired with Corey Kluber, they give the Indians one of the top tandems in the league on the mound.
Justin Verlander: 10-5, 2.19 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 183 K, .186 BAA. Verlander is having another Cy Young caliber season. This guy is a machine, year in and year out. He’s no stranger to the award and will undoubtedly anchor the Astros staff down the stretch. He is battle tested in the post season and his experience, on and off the field, will help Houston when the playoffs start.
Blake Snell: 12-5, 2.27 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 134 K, .189 BAA. Blake Snell is in his third year in Major League Baseball. His talents have come to fruition this season in a big way. After two mediocre seasons, he has become the Rays’ ace. I’m not sure he’ll be able to catch Sale or Verlander this season, but he will definitely be in the conversation for years to come. Tampa needs to lock him up long term.
As it stands now, the Cy Young Award is Chris Sale’s to lose. Justin Verlander is close behind, but would have to be almost flawless the rest of the way, barring a collapse by Sale. I love watching great pitching. Show me a guy with good movement, someone who can paint the corners, then blow you away with a high 90s fastball. I’ll take that over the 450 foot bombs that seem to make all the highlight reels. The pitcher’s mound is the only place in baseball where one man can take full control of a game.