Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Award Week : Cy Young Award Predictions

One part of the big two when it comes down to MLB Awards will be announced on Wednesday at 6:00 pm ET on MLB Network when they announce the AL and NL Cy Young Award winners. There is plenty of competition in both leagues with multiple 20 game winners. This should be a fun one to watch develop and to predict. Let's look at the finalists in each league. 

American League Finalists:

Justin Verlander - DET
David Price - TB
Jered Weaver - LAA

This is really a tough one but this comes down to David Price and Jered Weaver in my opinion. Not to downgrade what Justin Verlander did this season, especially on a playoff and World Series team, but he was easily 3rd on this list in my eyes. 20 wins for David Price and a 2.56 ERA and 1.10 WHIP may put him over the top, especially after the playoff push that lasted to the last week of the season, over Jered Weavers 20 wins and 2.81 ERA and 1.01 WHIP for the award at the end of the night though. 

National League Finalists:

R.A. Dickey
Gio Gonzalez
Clayton Kershaw

R.A. Dickey led the league in wins for most of the season while he kept everyone guessing that his 78 MPH knuckleball as he finished with 20 wins and a 1.05 WHIP for the Mets. Gio Gonzalez led a National League East division championship team with 21 wins to lead both leagues and a 2.89 ERA. That is going to be enough, in my eyes, to bring home the award to the Nationals family. Clayton Kershaw was thrown in here by default in my eyes because is not even in the discussion in my opinion. After missing significant time with a hip injury and only notching 14 wins I cannot fathom why he was a finalists but even without the hip injury I still do not think anyone is challenging Gio this season. 

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