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--

1. JERED WEAVER

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

2. JUSTIN VERLANDER

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

3. CC SABATHIA

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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

2 comments:

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

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  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!

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