Top 5 2012 Cy Young Award Candidates | National League

Stephen Strasburg

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We reviewed the top five Cy Young candidates in the American League last week, and it’s only right we do the same for the National League this week. The AL is much more competitive, I feel. However, there are some studs in the

NL. Some came out of nowhere, while others have been around and aren’t much of a secret at this point in their careers.

The first surprise comes from a team that had him listed as their third starter at the beginning of the season, and now, he’s arguably their best pitcher. This list is much more difficult than the previous one, so please bear with us.

5(a). Stephen Strasburg – Washington Nationals

As ESPN’s Jayson Stark explains, “The Shutdown day” is inevitable. If it weren’t for this, Strasburg could have been

near the top of this list. When conducting this list I needed to consider where the pitchers might end up at the end of the year. With Strasburg’s inning limit inching closer every start, it appears he only has a few starts remaining.

I’m sure some voters likely won’t even give the future Cy Young winner (yea, that’s right) any credit this year, however, his stats deserve it. With 13 wins (just five losses), a 2.90 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP and 166 strikeouts, Strasburg is in the top 10 in all of the major pitching categories – if that’s not enough for consideration, I don’t know what is.  Read More…

 

Top 10 mid-season MLB awards

As we get ready for the second half of the MLB season to begin, we want to present our Top Ten Furnace Awards (TTFA) for random accomplishments.

And the winners are:

 1. N.L. MVP- Andrew McCutchen-Pirates; .362-18 HR-60 RBI-58 Runs-14 SB. Joey Votto-Reds came in a close second; .348 14 HR 50 runs 48 RBI 8SB. Neither team wins without them.

2. A.L. MVP- Mike Trout- .341-12 HR-40 RBI-57 Runs-26 SB

3. Most improved player N.L.- R.A. Dickey; 12-1- 2.40 ERA- 0.93 WHIP-123 K’s- 26 BB.

4. Most improved player A.L.- Melky Cabrera-119 hits leads the majors!

5. Most intersting Team Stat- N.Y. Mets have a bonafide MVP and Cy Young award candidate in Wright and Dickey.

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R.A. Dickey: A year like no other

R.A. Dickey

He’s the hottest pitcher in the major leagues tied for the most wins, nine. R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets  is having a career year and there really is no rhyme or reason for it.  As he is currently on pace for 25 wins, clearly it would not be surprising if there’s an adjustment in store for the 37 year old knuckleballer.

He is two years removed from his career high in wins, 11, and is carrying a career low ERA of 2.44 and a miniscule WHIP of only 1.04! What make these numbers as stunning as his 9-1 record is that his career average ERA sits at 4.17 while his average WHIP is 1.37. Although on pace for 200+ strikeouts, Dickey has never struck out more than 134 in any season.

He doesn’t seem to be letting up either as he has a 0.29 ERA over his last four starts, with 38 strikeouts and three walks. And what is even more impressive is that Dickey is experiencing his career best scoreless inning streak holding at 24 2/3 inning! Not sure what the eleven year veteran is eating but I hope he wasn’t hanging around Ryan Braun in the off-season.

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