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Anyway, as we continue our seemingly endless journey through the MLB season, it is time to start our award race breakdowns. So let’s start with my favorite award, the Cy Young Award. This award is given to the most dominant pitcher of the year, and the AL’s award is surely going to an Astro, the NL is more interesting.

American League

The AL is highlighted by the dominant staff in Houston. Led by aces Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, the team added Zack Grienke at the deadline. But we will focus on Verlander on Cole.

Justin Verlander (HOU)

(18-6), 2.58 ERA, .782 WHIP

As you can see from the stats above, Justin Verlander has been absolutely dominant, even at the young age of 36. Last month, Verlander threw a no-hitter against the Blue Jays, all but putting the nail in the coffin on this race. But one of his teammates is sneaking up the boards behind

Gerrit Cole (HOU)

(16-5), 2.73 ERA, .917 WHIP

In addition to Verlander, the Astros have another ace up their sleeve. Gerrit Cole has been dominant along with his teammate. Cole has been racking u the strikeouts, as usual, with 281. He’s had his good chunk of quality starts this year and has tagged that along with having a good offense behind him.

Shane Bieber (CLE)

(14-7), 3.17 ERA, 1.002 WHIP

One of the newest additions to this Cleveland rotation, the second year player made his first all star game and won the MVP. Now Bieber is being considered for the CY Young and that’s huge. He may not win it, but being a finalist at 24 is a major accomplishment.

National League

Jacob DeGrom (NYM)

(9-8), 2.70 ERA, 1.027 WHIP

Well the record may not reflect it but DeGrom has been very good for the Mets, he just now got an offense behind him. An ERA below 3 with the first half the Mets had is amazing. DeGrom won the award last year and hopes to get it again.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (LAD)

(12-5), 2.45 ERA, 1.058 WHIP

Despite a rough month that completely blew this race wide open, Ryu has led the Dodgers pitching staff to the best record in the MLB. It wasn’t hard thinking this award was going to Ryu, but a rough August has brought other pitchers into the picture, including his teammate Walker Buehler. But, Ryu looks to finish strong and seal the deal for this award.

Max Scherzer (WAS)

(10-5), 2.56 ERA, 1.002 WHIP

This shouldn’t be a surprise people, Mad Max is the best pitcher in the MLB. You may not hear about him a lot but he is the best baseball has to offer. He’s led the Nationals to a surprising season despite losing Bryce Harper, and he has led the staff as their ace since he came to the team in 2015. He has constantly racked up the strikeouts and will continue to do so until his arm falls off.