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My American League Cy Young winner is ...

October 8, 2013 - Troy Hyde
For my next installment of the Major League Baseball postseason awards, I will look at American League Cy Young. There are three candidates who should gobble up most of the votes and it’s really a two-man race for the top spot. I throw in a third guy because he had a breakout season that helped Detroit advance to another postseason.

Candidates

Max Scherzer

This Detroit Tiger picked up the slack with his teammate Justin Verlander having an off year. Scherzer won an MLB-high 21 games and struck out 240 hitters, which ranked second in the majors. His earned run average finally dipped below 3.00 at the end of the year and opponents on hit .198 off him. He also had a 0.97 WHIP.

Yu Darvish

Did Yu think this Texas Ranger ace would fall off after major league hitters got another year of film study on him? Yu would be wrong. He only won 13 games but that is not because of his efforts on the bump. His earned run average was .07 points below Scherzer’s and he fanned an MLB-high 277 hitters in 209 innings. Opponents also hit just .194 off him and his WHIP was 1.07.

Anibal Sanchez

This former Florida Marlin won 14 games and led the American League with a 2.57 earned run average. He also fanned 202 hitters and had a WHIP of 1.15. Opponents did hit .229 against him.

Winner

Scherzer – Even though I love Darvish, Scherzer’s 21 wins will win out, mainly because the rest of his numbers are comparable to Darvish’s overall. There is a Cy Young in Darvish’s future but it won’t be in 2013.

 
 

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