Wednesday, October 19, 2011

AL Cy Young Award Picks

This post marks the third of our eight-part installment highlighting baseball's most prestigious awards. Today we take a closer look at the deserving candidates for the American League Cy Young Award.

C.C. Sabathia - SP New York Yankees
2011 notable stats: 19-8, 3.00 ERA, 237.3 IP, 230 K, 6.9 WAR
-The southpaw finished second in the league in strikeouts and wins and placed fourth in total innings pitched as the Yanks' ace.

James Shields - SP Tampa Bay Rays
2011 notable stats: 16-12, 2.82 ERA, 249.3 IP, 225 K, 6.1 WAR
-Shields led the majors in complete games (11), tied for the league lead in shutouts (4), finished second in innings pitched, and ranked third in ERA.

Jose Valverde - RP Detroit Tigers
2011 notable stats: 2.24 ERA, 75 G, 49/49 SV, 2.7 WAR
-The Dominican native tied for the league lead in saves, led the AL in appearances and set a new team single-season record in saves.

Justin Verlander - SP Detroit Tigers
2011 notable stats: 24-5, 2.40 ERA, 251 IP, 0.92 WHIP, 8.6 WAR
-Verlander led the majors in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts (250) and WHIP. He led the league in ERA and finished second in BABIP (.230).

Jered Weaver - SP Los Angeles Angels
2011 notable stats: 18-8, 2.41 ERA, 235.7 IP, 1.01 WHIP, 6.6 WAR
-The 29-year old finished tied for the most quality starts (28) in the league, ranked second in both WHIP and ERA, and finished third in wins.

@Redlegs_Review's pick:

Justin Verlander - Of all the postseason awards to ponder over, this choice is by far the easiest. My sincere apologies to the other four candidates, who definitely had great seasons in their own right, but what Verlander did this season is simply astounding. So astounding in fact that his name is being tossed around for the AL MVP Award too. Should he win both awards he would become the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersly grabbed the two honors in 1992.

@RedlegsWriter's pick:

Justin Verlander - If you want to argue, I'd me more than intrigued to hear what you have to say. Justin Verlander had five more wins (24) than any other pitcher in the AL, pitched more innings (251.0) than any other pitcher in baseball, and led the league in ERA (2.40), WHIP (0.92), and strikeouts (250). That is all.

Check back tomorrow as we break down the candidates and our choices for the NL Cy Young Award.

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