Early AL Cy Young Candidates

Today, I am going to examine the three leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award, but first…

  • Another Day, Another Mets Injury

This was the Mets’ lineup last night, Angel Pagan CF, Luis Castillo 2B, David Wright 3B, Gary Sheffield LF, Fernando Tatis 1B, , Fernando Martinez RF, Omir Santos C, Ramon Martinez SS, Livan Hernandez P.  Besides Daniel Murphy getting the night off, starters Brian Schneider (C), Carlos Delgado (1B), Jose Reyes (SS), Ryan Church (RF), and the newest starter to go down, Carlos Beltran, (CF).

  • Early American League Cy Young Candidates
  1. RHP Roy Halladay, Blue Jays


Halladay matches up almost completely with another Cy Young candidate, the Royals’ Zack Greinke.  Halladay is tied with Greinke in Wins (8), Winning Percentage (.889), and Innings Pitched (75.0).  However, Halladay is second in ERA, WHIP, Complete Games, and Shutouts, in all of which he is second to Greinke.  Halladay has Cy Young caliber numbers, and if Greinke fell over the edge of the Earth, Halladay would win easily.

2. RHP Justin Verlander, Tigers


Just one year after leading the league in losses, Verlander has seemingly rediscovered his strikeout power that enabled him to be the 2006 AL Rookie Of The Year, and one of the top 5 pitchers in the AL in 2007.  Verlander even has a flukily high BABIP (batting average on balls in play) working against him, and has surely contributed to his 3.55 ERA.  Verlander’s strikeout numbers will appeal to the average awards voter, but right now, this race is between Halladay, and Greinke.

3. RHP Zack Greinke, Royals


What is there to say about Greinke?  Through 10 starts he has an ERA under 1, he leads the majors in every major statistical category; if voting was today, he’d win the Cy Young easily, and maybe the MVP award as well.


  1. 86born

    I can’t get enough of this Greinke kid. What he’s been able to do in KC is nothing short of incredible.

    When it comes down to MVP however, it’s hard to say. His level of performance has been good enough without a doubt, but when it comes down to it, unless KC can come up big and make a run for it, I can’t see an MVP in Royal Blue. But of course, it’s too early to start making end of the year predictions on where everyone will stand.

    • paintingtheblack

      These are not necessarily end of the year predictions, right now, if the Cy Young was awarded today, Greinke would be first, and Halladay second.

  2. goodtimes7

    To me it’s a two horse race: Halladay and Greinke and nobody else. I don’t see either of them falling off, but Halladay has a little better team that may help him get a few more wins. Last year Cy Young voters chose overall dominance over win total in selecting Tim Lincecum in the NL even though his team cost him at least 5 wins. I think Greinke will get it done, but it will be fun to see the back and forth all year, especially if Halladay continues to pitch the day after Greinke as they have lately.

    On another note, I guess great minds do think alike. Not only is my blog title eerily similar, but I’m a huge Cubs fan as well. Hopefully Big Z won’t get too much of a suspension from today’s episode. Check out my blog for the big news in all of MLB.


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