Five Players Who Can Win the NL Cy Young
Much like my last slideshow of five players who can win the NL MVP Trophy, I couldn’t think of a better time than right now to think of five pitchers who have the possibility of winning a NL Cy Young Award one week before the season even begins.
The Cy Young Award is given out to those who are the best pitchers in their respective leagues. While it has always mostly been starting pitchers who win this award, some can make the argument that relievers should have a shot at winning this award as well. So with that being said, let’s talk a little bit about why relievers should or should not win the award.
You can make the argument that they should not win the award simply based on the fact that starting pitchers are used more than relievers than the season (duh). The grind of the season and pitching six or seven innings is much more taxing on a person’s arm than someone who comes in for one night of baseball and collects the save or hold.
If you want to make the argument on why relievers should win the award, it’s because it’s supposed to be the best pitcher in the league. You cannot tell me that guys like Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman are not as important as the starting pitchers on their teams.
So, for this list, I threw in a reliever who should be considered to win the NL Cy Young Award. These pitchers have played huge roles in their team’s success and are looking to do the same for the 2013 season.
Although his 2012 record was only 14-9, Clayton Kershaw finished second in Cy Young voting last year he is expected to have another huge year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
A candidate to win the NL MVP, Stephen Strasburg has his eye on winning the NL Cy Young. The big question is: Will the Washington Nationals shut him down again?
Matt Cain has already shown that he can dominate NL hitters and was a key role in the San Francisco Giants' 2012 World Series team.
Craig Kimbrel deserves to be at least a candidate for the NL Cy Young for many reasons. But for the biggest reason I can think of is his ability to shut down the other team and do it throwing 100 mph gas and a filthy slider that would make White Castle jealous of how nasty it is.
Johnny Cueto should be a finalist for the NL Cy Young this season. Cueto was stellar during the 2012 season and will look to build off his 19-game win season during the 2013 season.