By George Economus
Justin Verlander – Houston Astros: With an 8-2 start, Verlander is the early favorite to win AL Cy Young. Through 14 starts and 93.1 innings pitched, Verlander has only allowed 15 earned runs, 51 hits, and 20 walks, leading to the best ERA and WHIP in the MLB. Verlander has been on fire all year, also leading to 113 strikeouts. With a 1.45 ERA, a .76 WHIP, and 113 strikeouts, Verlander is on pace to bring home his 2nd Cy Young.
Corey Kluber – Cleveland Indians: The last year’s AL Cy Young winner is off to another hot start. Kluber has the 3rd best ERA in the MLB (1.45), is 2nd in the MLB in WHIP (.83), and has a 10-2 record in 14 starts. If Kluber wants to win back-to-back Cy Young awards, then he must have to have another strong 2nd half of the season as he did last year to surpass Verlander.
Jacob deGrom – New York Mets: With A 1.55 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP, the 29 year old pitcher is off to his hottest start yet. Although his record is only 4-2, deGrom has been dealing leading to an impressive 113 strikeouts and the second best ERA in baseball. Right now deGrom is on route to win his first ever Cy Young if he continues to outpitch Max Scherzer.
Max Scherzer – Washington Nationals: Scherzer could potentially win his 3rd straight Cy Young if he continues to pitch well. Scherzer is 10-2 in 14 starts and leads the league in strikeouts with 142. Scherzer also has a 2.00 ERA and .85 WHIP. Because of deGrom’s WHIP, record, and number of strikeouts, I think the NL award can go either way, unlike the AL where Verlander is easily the better pitcher right now.
Baseball is a statistics driven game. If any of these players want to win Cy Young they need to understand that. They need to continue to not allow many runs, continue to strikeout opposing batters, and continue to not walk opposing batters.