With September baseball in full swing, pitchers and hitters are making their final cases for the end of the year awards. We’ve taken a look at your thoughts for who you consider to be the American League Cy Young favorite, so let’s now check out your picks for the Senior Circuit.
New York Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey has been an amazing story this season, but he’s also been quite the impressive pitcher. He currently trails only Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw in strikeouts (195) and WHIP (1.03) among National Leaguers. He’s also tied for the league lead in wins with 18, and he’s posted the second-best ERA in the NL, 2.64.
Dickey’s ERA trails only that of Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto, who is having a monster season himself. The 26-year-old has won seventeen games while posting a WHIP of 1.12 over twenty-eight starts.
While Stephen Strasburg is the Washington Nationals’ pitcher gaining much of the national media’s attention, and for good reason with 195 strikeouts and an ERA and WHIP of 2.94 and 1.12, teammate Gio Gonzalez has been just as impressive. He’s tied with Dickey for the most wins in the NL, while ranking fourth in strikeouts (185), sixth in WHIP (1.12), and seventh in ERA (2.98).
Some don’t believe relievers should enter into the discussion of the Cy Young Award. Reds closer Aroldis Chapman has earned his way into consideration with his ridiculous campaign. The 24-year-old lefty has compiled thirty-five saves in thirty-nine opportunities, posting a miniscule ERA and WHIP of 1.23 and 0.71 over sixty-six innings. Perhaps most impressive are Chapman’s video game-like marks of 117 strikeouts to only seventeen walks on the year.