Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Will a Ranger make Cy Young top 5?
By Richard Durrett
The American League and National League Cy Young Awards will be announced tonight at 5 p.m. CT on MLB Network. And unlike last year, when Justin Verlander earned every first-place vote, it's a wide-open race.
We do know that a Texas Ranger will not be winning the award. The Baseball Writers' Association of America released the three finalists for AL award last week: David Price, Justin Verlander and Jered Weaver.
But voters put five names on their ballots. That means Yu Darvish or Matt Harrison might pick up some votes.
Darvish finished third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting Monday as Mike Trout was the unanimous winner. Darvish was 16-9 with a 3.90 ERA. He was fifth in strikeouts with 221 and had the third-lowest opponent batting average at .220.
Harrison, an All-Star like Darvish, was 18-11 with a 3.29 ERA in 32 starts (213 1/3 innings). He led the Rnagers in wins and tied Kenny Rogers' club record for wins by a left-hander set in 2004.
There are plenty of contenders this year that didn't make the list of finalists, including Fernando Rodney (Tampa Bay Rays), Chris Sale (Chicago White Sox) and Felix Hernandez (Seattle Mariners).
Do you think Darvish or Harrison manage to finish in the top 5?