Monday, September 5, 2016
Can Rick Porcello win the Cy Young Award?
After Saturday's victory in Oakland, Rick Porcello is now 19-3. No one else in baseball has more than 17 wins. Porcello's 3.23 ERA is 10th in the American League, but his 1.02 WHIP is tied for second. And while his 154 strikeouts are on the low end (tied for 11th) for a Cy Young candidate, Porcello's 186.2 innings pitched rank third in the AL behind teammate David Price (190.2) and former teammate Justin Verlander (188).
Verlander (14-7) might be the leading contender at the moment with an AL-best 0.99 WHIP and 198 strikeouts (second), but his 3.30 ERA is worse than Porcello's. Chris Sale (15-7) also has a strong case with a 3.10 ERA (seventh), a 1.02 WHIP (second, tied) and 185 strikeouts (fifth).
Here's how the top five candidates stack up:
Rick Porcello: 19-3, 3.23 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 154 K, 186.2 IP
Justin Verlander: 14-7, 3.30 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 198 K, 188 IP
Chris Sale: 15-7, 3.10 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 185 K, 185.2 IP
Corey Kluber: 15-8, 3.09 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 189 K, 183.2 IP
Cole Hamels: 14-4, 2.91 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 171 K, 173 IP
Porcello likely has five starts remaining. If he wins three of them and gets to 22 victories without anyone else in the league reaching 20, it'll be hard to argue against him.
posted at 12:08 PM