Tuesday may have been the final outings for the American League's three Cy Young candidates. All three front-runners, Seattle's Felix Hernandez, New York's CC Sabathia and Tampa's David Price would find their spot in the rotation coming back up on Sunday, but it's unlikely to be worth it to throw the aces back out.
In the case of Price and Sabathia, they'd be better served getting ready for the playoffs, and for Hernandez and the Mariners, there's little more to gain.
Regardless, all three were impressive on Tuesday.
Sabathia went 8 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits an a run against the Blue Jays, striking out eight while walking just two. He lowered his ERA to 3.18 and improved to 21-7.
Price went eight shutout innings, allowing six hits and no walks while striking out eight. He's now 19-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
Finally, Hernandez actually picked up a win to go to 13-12, allowing a run on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts in eight innings. He lowered his ERA to 2.27.
Still, Hernandez says he wants to pitch on Sunday. According to the Seattle Times ' Geoff Baker (via Twitter ), Hernandez said he's going to pitch.
"If they say 'no more,' I'm going to go out there Sunday," Hernandez said. "I'm going to get ready and I'm going to go to the mound."
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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