AL Cy Young: Finalists and Prediction

By Michael Pidgeon
Yu Darvish
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The finalists for the AL Cy Young are Texas RangersYu Darvish, Detroit Tigers‘ and 21 game winner Max Scherzer and Seattle MarinersHisashi Iwakuma.

Normally when a Mariners’ starting pitcher is up for the Cy Young it’s Felix Hernandez, but that’s not the case this year. As good as King Felix was he was not nearly as good as Iwakuma. Hisashi led the Mariners with 14 wins, and 23 out of Iwakuma’s 33 starts were considered quality ones. At the end of the season Hisashi struck out 185 batters and managed an amazing 2.66 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. Iwakuma managed a 7.0 WAR which means he gave Seattle seven more wins than any other starter who could have pitched in Hisahi’s place. I don’t believe a Cy Young award is in Iwakuma’s future, but it’ll be exciting to see if he can out pitch Felix again next season.

Darvish had another solid year for Texas. Although his record wasn’t as good as he would have liked it to be, the rest of his stats help him out when it comes to this Cy Young race. Yu finished the season with a 13-9 record and had 21 out of 32 quality starts. Darvish’s season ended with a 2.83 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and was a strikeout machine tallying 277 of them.

Much like the situation in Seattle, Detroit is used to having a different starter up for the Cy Young award at the end of the season. In 2013 Scherzer not only out pitched Justin Verlander, but may have staked claim to being the Tigers’ new ace. Max ended the season with an astounding 21-3 record. 25 out of his 32 starts were quality ones, and he struck out 240 batters. Scherzer’s ERA was 2.90 and his WHIP was an extremely low 0.97.

The voters shouldn’t have a hard time picking the right pitcher to win the award. The ending result should be, from third to first, Darvish, Iwakuma and Scherzer.

Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at

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