MLB Quarter-Season Awards: Who Is the National League Cy Young?

By Bryan Lutz
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Out of all the awards races for the quarter-season, I think NL Cy Young was the hardest one to choose from. There is literally a handful of pitchers who deserve the award, but I can only select one, so here we go.

Patrick Corbin of the Arizona Diamondbacks has to be the most surprising candidate in 2013, especially since he has a remarkable record of 8-0. Needless to say, the D’Backs would not be where they are without Corbin – but he’s not my Cy Young.

Matt Harvey of the New York Mets has taken the baseball world by storm with his electrifying performances, which includes a near-perfect game and near no-hitter on separate occasions – but he’s not my Cy Young.

It’s safe to say that Clayton Kershaw is one of the top pitchers in all of baseball, given the fact he is leading the league in ERA again at 1.68. However, his record isn’t very solid because the Los Angeles Dodgers refuse to get a hit with a runner in scoring position, so he isn’t my Cy Young.

My Cy Young is none other than Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Wainwright, who struggled in the first half of the 2012 season because of Tommy John surgery in season prior, has easily been one of the most dominant pitchers since then. This season, though, he has easily been the best pitcher in the National League.

His 3.0 fWAR is 0.5 ahead of the next guy (Harvey), and he has a minuscule 0.68 BB/9 ratio. That type of control would make Greg Maddux blush. Outside of his amazing BB/9, Wainwright’s 2.40 ERA and 1.88 FIP tells me exactly why the Cardinals have the best record in the NL.

Unlike the previous quarter-season award winners, this is the one that I think will stick over the course of the whole season. Wainwright is just that good, and it’s safe to assume that his arm problems are a distant memory.

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