AL Cy Young Motoring Into The Motor City

The AL Cy Young appears all but certain to be heading back to Detroit for the second time in three years.  This time it will not be Justin Verlander taking home the hardware, it will be Max Scherzer, the right-handed starting pitcher instead. Out of all the pitchers in the AL, Scherzer had the most complete and dominate 2013 season.

Inside The Numbers


Innings Pitched





 240  214.1  21  0.97  2.90  6.7
 2nd in the AL  T-5th in the AL  1st in the AL  1st in the AL  5th in the AL  3rd in the AL

When first looking at Scherzer’s numbers, the stat the pop’s out the most is his 21 wins. His 21 wins are the most wins in all of baseball in 2013 and two more than the closest pitcher. Any pitcher that reaches 20 plus wins is reaching a milestone considering that Scherzer is only the 14th pitcher since 2009 to reach 20 plus wins.  Even if you were to take out Scherzer’s impressive number of wins, he is still deserving of the AL Cy Young. As Ken Rosenthal of points out he is first in WHIP, second in strikeouts and in the top five for all other major pitching statistical categories. In a sport based a lot on stats, his stats sure do talk for themselves and prove why he is the best pitcher in AL for the 2013 season.

Over Shadowed

Scherzer is deserving of the 2013 AL Cy Young and he should win it, but people are still tying to find reasons as to why he shouldn’t be the most deserving. A lot of fans still don’t really know who he is, so why should he win it if people don’t know who he is. Scherzer is constantly over shadowed by other stars on his team by the likes of Prince FielderMiguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander who are the well known, high paid players who put up big numbers and put on great performances and get all the highlights on ESPN. In their shadow Scherzer quietly put together the best season of any pitcher in the AL. If people stop, look and pay attention to the season he had, the reasons as to why he should not win will disappear.


Two Man Race For NL Cy Young, Who’s Going To Take The Crown? Part 2

The NL Cy Young has come down to a two-man race between LA Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. This is  the second part of a two part series that breaks down each player and their respective season.

Clayton Kershaw’s Case

Clayton Kershaw might just be the best southpaw pitcher in baseball today. Kershaw has spearheaded the second half surge by the LA Dodgers to put them in playoffs and has led them to the third best record in the NL. Since the All-Star break the Dodgers have gone 43 and 19, which at one point, winning 36 of 44 games. A big part of that is because of Kershaw taking the hill every five days and being that guy who can get a win every time he goes out.

Lets go inside his numbers

Strikeouts Innings Pitched Wins WHIP ERA WAR
232 236 16 0.92 1.83 7.9
1st in the NL 2nd in the NL Tied for 3rd in the NL 1st in the NL 1st in the NL 1st in the NL

As you can see he is either first, second or third in each major pitching category, with the most mind boggling and amazing stat being his ERA of 1.88. No other starting pitcher in the entire MLB has an ERA below two. This number is so amazing because every time he goes out on the hill, he his shutting down almost every offensive weapon a team has to offer. The Dodger’s offensive players know that if they get just 2-3 runs every time he is out there, they will win because he sits batters down left and right.

Who Wins?

Comparing a closer to a starting pitcher can be like comparing apples to oranges because they impact their team differently, but one could not do their job without the other. However, when looking at the numbers they both put up this year, I have to give it  to Clayton Kershaw as the 2013 NL Cy Young winner. Kershaw is having a bigger impact on his team this year and it has shown throughout the second half of the baseball season. Kershaw’s impact has even put him in contention to win the NL MVP award, which is very hard for a pitcher to win. Kershaw is a game changing pitcher every time he steps on the hill. He is a true ace and will be for many years to come.