The American League Cy Young race has started to take shape. With things shifting over the last month, who has made the strongest case for their candidacy?
*Stats as of May 28, 2019. All ranks are AL unless said otherwise.
It has been a month of change in the race for the American League Cy Young. Every pitcher from last month’s edition has fallen off or has been overtaken.
Two Tampa Bay Rays held the one and two spots, Tyler Glasnow at No. 1 ahead of teammate Blake Snell. Trevor Bauer came in at three, Marcus Stroman at four and Jose Berrios at five.
Not a single one of those pitchers has made this month’s edition. Glasnow sustained an unfortunate injury that will keep him out for the near future. Bauer has seen his ERA inflate to a shade under four, at 3.99.
Berrios and Snell have both pitched well, just not to the level that this edition’s starters have. Stroman has made a strong case to remain on the list, but his last seven starts haven’t helped him.
Currently, the AL has 11 pitchers with an ERA under three and two starters pitching to an ERA under 2.50. Gerrit Cole has been striking out the world to begin the season, as his 112 strikeouts lead the league.
The current league-leader in wins is Domingo German of the New York Yankees with nine. Justin Verlander is behind him with eight.