Cy Young Contenders For 2016 – MLB BaseballWednesday, August 10, 2016 10:00
Which pitchers have the best shots of winning baseball’s Cy Young awards?
2016 AL & NL Cy Young Contenders
Pitchers grow up dreaming of winning a Cy Young award. While a World Series title would obviously be nice, those are often elusive to even the best pitchers depending on what club they actually sign with. A Cy Young, however, can be won by anyone with ambition and talent. It is to be coveted and cherished, and is still regarded as the crown jewel of any pitching career. With the season winding down, it is time to take a look at the current contenders for the Cy Young award in 2016. Read below to find out who will join last year’s winners Dallas Keuchel of the Astros and Jake Arrieta of the Cubs.
Chris Tillman – Baltimore Orioles
Pitching for the Baltimore Orioles, Tillman currently owns a win-loss record of 14-3, with an ERA of 3.46. He has remained healthy throughout the season, is pitching for a pennant contending team, and is regarded as a late favorite to win the Cy Young in the American League.
Cole Hamels – Texas Ranger
Hamels has a low ERA of 2.83 on 133.2 total innings pitched. His win loss record stands at 12-2, which gives him three fewer record counting games under his belt when compared to Tilman. That leaves him out of the race currently, but anything can happen with two months remaining in the season.
Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox
With 139 full innings under his belt, Sale is a bright spot in the White Sox rotation. His record of 14-4 stands among the top in the American League, and his low ERA of 3.17 puts him squarely in Cy Young Contention.
J.A. Happ – Toronto Blue Jays
A final American League contender for the Cy Young worth noting is J.A. Happ. Pitching for the Blue Jays, he has 131 total innings to his name, and a respectable 14-3 record. His ERA stands at just 3.16, so he is definitely in the running for the season ending crown.
Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals
If the season were to end today, it appears that Strasburg would be the runaway winner of the Cy Young in the National League. His record stands at 15-1 within a competitive division, and his ERA is only 2.63. The only question mark would be his total innings pitched at 133, but this is also a reflection of him pitching for a division leading team. Barring any unforeseen difficulties the last two months, look for him to be the strongest candidate.
Johnny Cueto – San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner – San Francisco Giants
Bumgarner seems to always be a part of the Cy Young discussion, and for good reason. This year he has amassed more than 155 innings to date and a 2.25 ERA. The only thing keeping him from the top spot in the National League is his lower than normal win-loss record, which currently stands at 10-6.
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