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AL & NL Cy Young Candidates after one month

Posted on: May 1, 2008 1:14 pm
Edited on: May 1, 2008 1:39 pm
 

After one month of the season, here are the top pitchers in both leagues.  Some are surprises, obviously, and some are not.  It'll be interesting to see how many will still be Cy Young candidates at the end of the season.

National League:

  1. Brandon Webb, Arizona;  6-0, 1.98 ERA, 41 IP, 34 Ks.
  2. Ben Sheets, Milwaukee;  4-0, 1.64 ERA, 33 IP, 26 Ks.
  3. Edinson Volquez, Cincinnati;  4-0, 1.23 ERA, 29.1 IP, 33 Ks.
  4. Tim Lincecum, San Francisco; 4-1, 1.73 ERA, 36.1 IP, 40 Ks.
  5. Carlos Zambrano, Chicago;  4-1, 2.21 ERA, 40.2 IP, 32 Ks.
  6. Dan Haren, Arizona;  4-1, 3.13 ERA, 37.1 IP, 29 Ks.
  7. Jake Peavy, San Diego; 3-1, 2.09 ERA, 43 IP, 38 Ks.
  8. Ryan Dempster, Chicago; 4-1, 3.16 ERA, 37 IP, 22 Ks.
  9. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis; 3-1, 2.79 ERA, 38.2 IP, 28 Ks.
  10. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia; 3-3, 2.70 ERA, 43.1 IP, 36 Ks.

     Honorable Mention: Micah Owings, Arizona 4-0, 3.48, 31 IP, 28 Ks;  Mark Hendrickson, Florida 4-1, 3.68, 36.2 IP, 17 Ks.

American League:

  1. Cliff Lee, Cleveland;  5-0, 0.96 ERA, 37.2 IP, 32 Ks.
  2. Joe Saunders, LA Angels; 5-0, 2.08 ERA, 43.1 IP, 20 Ks.
  3. Ervin Santana, LA Angels; 5-0, 2.48 ERA, 40 IP, 29 Ks.
  4. Chien-Ming Wang, New York; 5-0, 3.23 ERA, 39 IP, 27 Ks.
  5. Daisuke Matsuzaka, Boston; 4-0, 2.52 ERA, 35.2 IP, 32 Ks.
  6. Zack Greinke, Kansas City; 3-0, 1.25 ERA, 36 IP, 19 Ks.
  7. James Shields, Tampa Bay; 3-1, 2.54 ERA, 39 IP, 28 Ks.
  8. Felix Hernandez, Seattle; 2-1, 2.22 ERA, 44.2 IP, 41 Ks.
  9. Fausto Carmona, Cleveland; 3-1, 2.60 ERA, 34.2 IP, 13 Ks.
  10. Javier Vazquez, Chicago; 3-2, 3.72 ERA, 38.2 IP, 37 Ks.

     Honorable Mention: Andy Sonnanstine, Tampa Bay 4-1, 4.42, 38.2 IP, 21 Ks.

Category: MLB
Comments

Since: May 6, 2008
Posted on: May 6, 2008 12:34 pm
 

AL & NL Cy Young Candidates after one month

I have Dice-K, Saunders, and Ervin Santana in my AL only keeper league, and I am loving it right now. However, I fully expect Saunders to fall off, and Dice-K walks too many batters in the long run. I am holding out hope for Santana. He should at least be the comeback player of the year!



Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: May 2, 2008 10:23 am
 

AL & NL Cy Young Candidates after one month

The way Webb has been pitching and the DBacks team has been playing, he definitely is in the cat-bird seat right now.  It's a long season though and you never know what'll happen.  I'll be interested to see if Sheets can stay healthy...I believe he has missed one start already.  The hitters may catch up to Volquez eventually too and/or he may wear down, not being used to the long MLB season.  In the AL, there were more surprises in the first month with Lee, Saunders, Santana, et. al.  Some of the pre-season/usual top pitchers (e.g., Sabathia, Verlander) got off to terrible starts but I feel they will right themselves and be in the thick of things by the end of the season.



Since: Jan 24, 2008
Posted on: May 1, 2008 7:54 pm
 

AL & NL Cy Young Candidates after one month

I agree completely. Brandon Webb has been the most impressive by a large margin. I have enjoyed Ben Sheets and Cliff Lee also. I feel that Edison Volquez and Joe Saunders have good stuff, but ultimately won't win the Cy Young Award.

 




Since: Jan 31, 2007
Posted on: May 1, 2008 3:57 pm
 

AL & NL Cy Young Candidates after one month

  • Nice selections!!!!  Way to put it all together.  I agree with  you 100% on everything (for now).


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