Kennedy (17-4, 161 K, 3.03 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) has a slight edge (right now) over Clayton Kershaw (17-5, 212 K, 2.45 ERA, 1.02 WHIP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kennedy won his 17th game one day before Kershaw won his 17th.
And although Kershaw's overall numbers are a bit better than Kennedy's, the fact that the Diamondbacks (76-59) are having a fantastic year may give Kennedy the edge he needs. Currently the first-place D'backs are a healthy 5 games ahead of the defending champions San Francisco Giants and Kennedy is a HUGE reason why.
The Dodgers, on the other hand, are 63-70 and out of the pennant race. Not to mention, they're off-the-field drama has overshadowed Kershaw's fabulous season.
So the two team's opposite season performances may sway votes in Kennedy's favor.
For most of the season my money has been on Roy Halladay (15-5, 2.56 ERA) winning the prize (again) but it's no secret Kennedy has always been my sentimental favorite. So consider this a lobbying post.
If Kennedy takes the D'backs deep into the playoffs and eventually wins the Cy Young Award, as a New Yorker, I want to witness the hounding the New York Yankees are going to get from the media for letting go the kid they once considered "untouchable". Patience is NOT a virtue when it comes to the win-now Yankees, that's for sure.
As for the race in the American League--
The prize is Justin Verlander's (20-5, 218 K, 2.38 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) to lose.
Indeed it is!