The official announcement of today’s winner will be at 2 p.m. Until then, here are my thoughts and predictions. Feel free to chime in with your own.
American League Cy Young
The favorite: Zack Greinke (Royals)
The contender: Felix Hernandez (Mariners)
The dark horses: Justin Verlander (Tigers), Roy Halladay (Blue Jays)
The Yankee with a chance: CC Sabathia (and, if Sabathia does, so too should Mariano Rivera)
Morning analysis: Greinke was ridiculous this season and his 2.16 ERA – in the AL! – will likely be the determining factor in the race against King Felix (2.49 ERA). After all, it’s hard to go wrong with picking the guy who allows the fewest runs per nine innings, right? Oh, and for those who have a problem with Greinke only having 16 wins, consider that those are 16 of the 65 total wins the Royals had – in other words, Greinke won nearly a quarter of his team’s games this season. Not bad.
The pick: It’s gotta be Greinke.
The record: 1-for-2 (hit on Coghlan; missed on Bailey)