They all play for contenders. They're all leviathans. They all want the same award. Only one can have it.
And so now comes the fight to the death – or at least a little manly competition for the American League Cy Young Award. Justin Verlander pitches Thursday for the Detroit Tigers. CC Sabathia goes Friday for the New York Yankees. Jered Weaver throws Saturday for the Los Angeles Angels. They're in one of the most hotly contested award races in years, a three-man sprint embodied by across-the-board excellence and perhaps decided by regional familiarity. Sabathia hails from the East, Verlander the Central and Weaver the West, every division with a voting bloc that tends to skew toward what it knows best.
This is an effort to wipe clean any prejudice or favoritism and use objective measures to handicap the race thus far – and predict where it may go. I've come up with 15 categories, everythingRead More »from Digging deep to find an AL Cy Young winner