Yet again the readers of the Dugout Dispatch prove that they’re the best in the world. While some people might be blinded by CC Sabathia’s 18 wins, my readers know that when it comes to pitching, there are more important factors to consider.
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I would have to say Zack Greinke. Even though I am an Angels fan, I believe that he deserves the AL Cy Young Award. He has a mean curveball, his changeup is great, and Zack's fastball ties up his arsenal. He had a tremendous start to the year, and has been consistent since.
The winner is... Zack Greinke! He has the lowest ERA in the MLB with 2.14. Greinke has the third most strikeouts this year with 224 out of the MLB. He pitched in the All-Star Game as a reserve. Zack can pitch a 99-mph fastball, a 62-mph curve and anything in between. He has 14 wins and 8 losses, but started off with a great 6-0 record. This season may not be Kansas City's best, but it sure is Zach Greinke's. There is absolutely no competition for Zack.
I think that it's Felix Hernandez because he's got 16 wins and only 5 losses with a 2.45 ERA and 196 strikeouts. Even though he's on a losing team, don't count him out of the mix.
Zack Greinke is easily the AL Cy Young Award Winner. The strikeouts he gets regularly, the length he plays every game, and his leadership show his greatness over other pitchers.
Zack Greinke. He is to some people obviously the AL Cy Young, but wait a minute! He is pitching in the AL Central, not a big offense division. Roy Halladay is in the AL East, and he has to face the Red Sox, Yankees, Rays. Greinke has NEVER faced the Yankees. BUT! when you put up numbers like that, you are the AL Cy Young.
It's a tough one, but I got to go with Josh Beckett. He so far has a record of 15-9 He is a very tough pitcher.
The 2009 American League Cy Young Award winner is Felix Hernandez. The kid has 196 Ks, a 2.45 ERA, and 16 wins on a bad team. This could be the first Cy Young of many for King Felix.
The AL CY young winner should be Justin Verlander because he leads the league in K’s, he has the 2nd most wins with a team who doesn't give him much run support, and he has a decent ERA.
For me it's a tight one between CC Sabathia, Zack Greinke & Jon Lester. All three dominate in K's, Greinke is the ERA leader and CC has the most wins. It's sure to be a close one!
I think it's gotta be Zack Greinke of the Kansas City Royals. He would have more wins but the Royals' offense gives him next to no run supports. Still, he boasts the best ERA in the AL and notches tons of strikeouts, all while keeping his walks very low.
-Eric, North Carolina
Zack Greinke has been the front-runner all season and last week he pretty much cemented his win when he finally beat the Red Sox, silencing critics who said he’d never beaten a top-notch team. Greinke has been dominant this season and I can’t wait to see him win.
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