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…


MLB best bets of the day: July 23, 2012

Bruce Chen Royals

After a bounce-back day Sunday (4-0) we hope to keep the momentum going with another day in the green. With a full slate of games today there is plenty of opportunity to get your jelly beans up today and start the week off right.

With studs like C.J. Wilson, Hiroki Kuroda, Mat Latos, Roy Halladay, and Ryan Vogelsong slinging today it would seem there are some easy games out there, but au contraire, my friend.  Doc Halladay is giving up a home run to the Brewers every 11.8 at bats; Latos has a .308 BAA versus the Astros;  the Angels have lost Wilson’s last three starts. That said, today is a new day and anything can happen!

San Diego at San Francisco 10:15 PM Richard vs Vogelsong

Ryan Vogelsong is one of the better pitchers in the NL and yet he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves. In Vogelsong’s 17 starts this year the Giants are 12-4 and have won by an average of 2 ½ runs in those 12 wins. Vogelsong has a 2.70 ERA in July and a 0.95 WHIP – Those numbers will surely get better today.

On the flip side of this matchup, Clayton Richard, while a quality pitchers, has a 4.15 ERA in July and a .308 BAA when facing the Giants. San Francisco has been one of the hottest hitting teams over the past week as they’re averaging 6 ½ runs over that span. Look for Melky and company to get to Richard in this one.

Picks: Giants -1 ½ (+145) and Over 6 ½ (-115)

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