Don't bother pinching yourselves because your eyes didn't deceive you Wednesday night. Alfredo Simon is the first pitcher in the National League to notch 10 wins.
Who could have seen this coming? Simon was supposed to be a plug in the rotation while Mat Latos was sidelined due to injury. Instead, Simon has turned in a season worthy of All-Star consideration thus far. But could a Cy Young Award be within reach too?
According to ESPN's Cy Young Predictor, which uses a complex formula and past history to give an in-season snapshot of the Cy Young race, both Simon and Johnny Cueto rank among the league's elite for the coveted award. Simon currently occupies the 7th spot with a 10-3 record, 3.05 ERA, and 55 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched. Meanwhile, Cueto curiously ranks just 9th with a dazzling ERA of 1.92 and 111 strikeouts in 108 innings pitched. His 6-5 record is no doubt what is keeping him from ranking higher on the list (which is absurd but it is what it is). For those of you who don't be much stock into the predictor, please know that it has correctly identified the winner for both leagues seven times out of eight in the last four years.
Keep in mind the Cincinnati Reds are one of a few clubs to have never had a pitcher win the Cy Young Award. The award was first introduced in 1956 so it's been a long time coming for the Redlegs. The other teams not to have had a Cy Young winner include the Rockies, Marlins, Rangers and Nationals.