A League with No CY?

 

Who will be the American CY Award winner this year? Through 4 months, it is very unclear as to who is the top pitcher in the American League.

Unlike most years, the 2016 campaign has been very interesting, especially in the American League. The A.L. has seen a lot of aces not pitch to their potential. Guys like David Price, last year’s CY Dallas Keuchel, Sunny Gray, and Felix Hernandez have all struggled for extending periods this season. There are only 4 pitchers in the American League that have sub .300 ERA’s. Heading into August, there is no clear-cut favorite for the award. The National League is the complete opposite. In the N.L, there are 15 pitchers with sub 3.00 ERA’s. So let’s take a look at who could be the potential CY in the American League.

First on my list would be Aaron Sanchez of the Toronto Blue Jays. Sanchez is 11-1 with a 2.72 ERA in 20 starts. His WHIP is 1.149 and his K/9 is 7.8. The 24 year-old is getting his first opportunity to pitch as a starter in the big leagues and is quickly becoming the ace of the Toronto staff. The problem with Sanchez is he has an innings limit and most likely will be moved to the pen sometime in the next month. I say let him pitch, monitor how he feels, and throw this innings limit crap out the limit.

Chris Sale is next on my list due to his strong start. He started the season 9-0 and was dominating hitters. Sale has not been the same dominant starter that we saw in the first two months of the season. He had a 3.93 ERA in June and has a 4.85 ERA in July. Despite his recent struggles, he is 14-4 with a 3.17 ERA. He does have a 1.029 WHIP and an 8.6 k/9. Sale will need a good 2 month stretch to secure the CY award.

Danny Salazar would be third on the list. He is quickly becoming one of the top righties in all of baseball and was selected to his first All-Star team this summer. He is 11-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 19 starts and has a 1.205 WHIP and 10.1 K/9. I think Salazar has the best chance to be the CY heading forward because he has been consistent all season long. Also, the Indians are going to be in contention for the A.L. Central which should help his case.

Could Cole Hamels be the guy? He is 12-2 with a 2.84 but I feel like no one talks about him. He is having a very solid season in Texas but he is not dominating. There are three starters that are all having similar seasons. Rick Porcello is having a bounce-back season at 14-2. Chris Tillman is 14-3 for the Orioles. J.A. Happ is 14-3 as well but I don’t think any of these three starters are poised for a CY award. There is still plenty of games left for these pitchers to improve upon their resumes.

The A.L. CY award race is wide open. There is not a favorite as of now to win the CY or a pitcher who has separated himself from the rest of the field. It will be an interesting final two months of the season.

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Please Fix the Scheduling!

 

Am I the only one who is bothered by teams playing each other in back to back weeks? This weekend, the Red Sox are playing the New York Yankees, a series that just occurred 5 days ago in Boston. The scheduling is so bad that we are seeing the same pitching matchups as last weekend. Rick Porcello threw for Boston and Michael Pineda threw for the Yankees last night. Today, we are seeing David Price go up against Nathan Eovaldi, which we saw on Sunday Night Baseball this past Sunday. This is not the first time that something like this has happened this season as a few weeks ago Kershaw and Bumgarner matched up in a similar situation. Now I was not complaining that I got to see Kershaw and Bumgarner match up two times in a row but I think it is poor scheduling.

Personally, I do not want to see the same teams play in back-to-back weekends and I definitely do not want to see the same pitching matchups. I understand that the Red Sox and Yankees play each other 19 times throughout the course of a season, and that is a number that I wish would go down but that’s another argument for another day. If anyone is reading this, please, let’s change the scheduling!

  • Another note from yesterday is it was announced that Garrett Richards from the Los Angeles Angels will miss the rest of the season as he needs TJ surgery. This is a huge loss for the Angels as they lose their ace, who was having a good season posting a 2.34 ERA. The Angels’ rotation has struggled this season and losing Richards will only make matters worse. The Angels are going to have to rely on some young arms to try and keep themselves in the race as the season continues. As for Richards, it is a shame for this talented kid. This will be the second year he will be missing due to injury. In 2014, he missed the end of the season due to a torn Achilles injury that he hurt covering first base in a game in Boston. I hope Richards can come back and be the pitcher that he has shown he can be because when he is healthy, he is one of the toughest right-handed pitchers in all of baseball.
  • Also the strikeout of David Ortiz last night might have been one of the worst calls I have seen in a while. Not only did Ron Kulpa blow the 3-1 pitch that would have tied the game up, he completely missed the 3-2 pitch that was very low. Kulpa was awful all night as players who normally do not argue balls and strikes were arguing balls and strikes. Kulpa had this smirk on his face that looked like he could care less. The MLB should review Kulpa’s poor performance because something should be done about this. Yes, I am a Sox fan and I am definitely favoring the Sox in this case.