Drew Silva explains what has led to Shane McClanahan's dominance this season and why he looks to be the front runner for the AL Cy Young.
DREW SILVA: It's a little bit early to be talking about Cy Young Award candidates or candidates for any award, really, but if we were to name a front runner right now for the top pitching honor in the American League, it would probably go to Rays' ace Shane McClanahan. The 25-year-old left-hander worked six innings of one run ball in his 10th start of the season on Sunday May 29 against the division rival Yankees, which leaves him at 5 official pitcher wins, a 2.01 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 81 strikeouts to just 12 walks through 58 and 1/3 innings. His strikeouts total, again, 81 in 58 plus frames, ranks number 1 among all Major League pitchers. Featuring a new and improved change up to pair with his high 90s fastball and wicked slider and curve, McClanahan now has the fully fleshed out arsenal to continue dominating hitters over the next four months that remain of the 2022 regular season and then possibly deep into October.