As we approach the month of September, the Cy Young picture is becoming more and more clear. In the American League there are several hopefuls, but only one will take home the prestigious award.
Felix Hernandez’s last few months have been beyond ridiculous. We all know about the perfecto, but King Feliz has now logged shutouts in five of his last twelve starts. The 26-year-old posted an ERA in July of 2.03, only to follow it up with a fantastic mark of 1.08 in August.
Hernandez is the AL’s ERA leader, 2.43, he’s second in WHIP with a mark of 1.03, and he’s struck out the third-most batters in the league this year, 184.
23-year-old Chris Sale has exploded onto the scene this season. He’s posted an ERA, 2.81, superior to that of Weaver and several other high-profile arms, and his WHIP checks in as fourth-best in the AL, 1.06. He’s won an impressive 15 games on the year.
After last year’s monstrous showing, most anything would have felt like regression from Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander. Still, the right-hander has once again been impressive, posting the AL's third-best ERA, 2.80, and WHIP, 1.04, while leading the league in strikeouts.
When Price and the rest of Rays' rotation haven’t been able to finish things off on their own, the club has been able to turn to a solid finisher all season long. Right-hander Fernando Rodney has been spectacular, posting a ridiculous ERA and WHIP of 0.75 and 0.79 while completing thirty-nine of his forty-one save opportunities.