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American League Cy Young Watch: Is the Price right?

By C. Trent Rosecrans | Blogger
David Price can catch Jered Weaver with 19 wins today. (Getty Images)

As our postseason awards watch continues, we take a look at the American League Cy Young Award. And remember, just like the other parts of this series, this isn't who we'd necessarily vote for, but who we think has the best chance to win based on previous voting tendencies.

Frontrunners

David Price, Rays: The lefty leads the majors with a 2.58 ERA and is fifth in the AL in WHIP at 1.118. He also has a chance on Tuesday to tie Jered Weaver with 19 wins. While the Rays have faded in the AL East and the wild-card race, Tampa Bay has won all three of his starts this month. When you factor in that he's pitching in the AL East, his wins and ERA make him a favorite.

Jered Weaver, Angels: Weaver notched his league-leading 19th win on Sunday. After a rocky August, he's gone 3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in four starts this month. His 2.74 ERA is third to Price in the AL, while he leads the league in WHIP (1.002) and hits per nine innings (6.974). He'll probably only get one shot at 20 wins, but if he gets it, he's got a real chance for the Cy Young.

Also in consideration

Justin Verlander, Tigers: Verlander's still one of the best pitchers in the game, it's just that his 2012 season isn't as great as his historic 2011. Verlander picked up his 16th win on Monday, lowering his ERA to 2.72. He also retook the major league lead in strikeouts from teammate Max Scherzer and now has 231 on the season. If you're into such things, he also leads the American League in WAR for pitchers, according to both Baseball Reference (6.9) and FanGraphs (6.2).

Fernando Rodney, Rays: If there were an award for the top reliever, Rodney would certainly be the frontrunner. However, the Cy Young usually favors starters. The surprise player of 2012, Rodney has a minuscule 0.64 ERA and 44 saves.

Chris Sale, White Sox: The second-year lefty's numbers have tailed off a bit from his hot start, but he's still been one of the best in the game. He didn't pick up the victory on Tuesday and his record sits at 17-7 with a 2.86 ERA. He's been good, but not quite to the level of the others on this list.

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