Friday, July 22, 2011

AL Cy Young Award Watch

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The race for the AL Cy Young Award has, pretty much, come down to three horses-- Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia. All three are the ace of their (respective) pitching staffs and all three are having potential-career years.

Coincidentally, all 3 pitched yesterday and combined for 23 innings and allowed ONLY 3 earned runs between them. Weaver pitched 7 innings, 0 runs, in a 1-0 victory, out-dueling the Rangers' C.J. Wilson. Verlander pitched 8 innings, 1 run, in a 6-2 win over the Twins. Sabathia pitched 8 innings, 2 runs, but was out-dueled 2-1 by the Rays' James Shields.

Here's a look at their 2011 stats thus far--


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13-4 W-L, 129 K, 1.81 ERA, 35 BB, 0.95 WHIP, 19 Quality Starts


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13-5 W-L, 162 K, 2.24 ERA, 33 BB, 0.88 WHIP, 20 Quality Starts


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14-5 W-L, 142 K, 2.62 ERA, 42 BB, 1.14 WHIP, 14 Quality Starts

Some quick notes:
  • Jered Weaver is in a class by himself. He started the season 6-0, then went 0-4 and is currently on a 7-0 run. Who can figure this guy out? It's no secret he's been criticized in the past for being inconsistent but as we can see, he's usually more consistent than inconsistent.
  • Weaver has pitched at least seven innings and allowed no more than one run in 11 games this season (tying him with Justin Verlander for the major-league high), including six of his last seven starts.
  • As for Verlander, since 2009, he is 23-6 with a 2.60 ERA in 34 starts against the AL Central. So if the Tigers haven't done butkus in the last 3 seasons, can't blame their ace.
  • CC Sabathia took a tough 2-1 loss yesterday against the Tampa Bay Rays on his 31st birthday. At 31, CC is 171-92 for his career, a .650 winning percentage. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, over the last 100 years (1911-2011) only five other pitchers turned 31 years old with at least 170 career victories and a winning percentage of .650 or higher: Christy Mathewson in 1911 (282-130, .684), Chief Bender in 1915 (193-102, .654), Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1918 (190-88, .683), Juan Marichal in 1968 (170-77, .688) and Jim Palmer in 1976 (174-93, .652). Talk about historical! No doubt, CC has been "da man" throughout his career and potentially the next 300-game winner.
So there it is. It's more than likely, one of the (above) three superstars, is our 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner.

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I have my money on the lanky dude in Los Angeles.

Stats courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau


  1. Good stuff. Agree with Weaver as probable. Did not realize CC was in such historic company.

  2. @ mike Thanks Mike. I was very surprised too when I read about CC's historic accomplishment. I would think that there would've been more to accomplish the feat but only a few have done it. Go CC!