Or as Flush Flaherty dumped out yesterday…“Where did Chris Sale and all those wins come from?!”
Verlander is now 12-7 with a 2.51 ERA, his won-loss record influenced by poor run support (entering Monday’s game, he had the eighth-lowest run support among qualified starters). Verlander leads the AL in innings and strikeouts, while ranking second to Weaver among starters in batting average allowed and OPS.
Weaver is now 15-1 with a 2.13 ERA, leading the AL in wins, ERA and routine fly balls to left field. He has won nine straight starts, with a 1.60 ERA over that span. It was his eighth start this year without allowing a run; no other starter has more than six (Johan Santana and Ryan Dempster) and even Verlander only has three such starts.
If much of this sounds familiar, it’s because we were in a similar position a year ago, with Verlander and Weaver battling for the AL Cy Young Award. Verlander ended up the unanimous winner, but it’s easy to forget it was a good debate much of the season. At this point a year ago, Verlander was 16-5 with a 2.30 ERA while Weaver was 14-5 with a 1.78 ERA. Verlander would win his next eight starts while Weaver sputtered to a 4.27 ERA over his final nine starts.
Verlander’s big advantage over Weaver is he has thrown 37 more innings; and while voters have learned to pay less attention to win-loss records, it’s hard to ignore Weaver’s 15-1 record.
...Right now, I’d probably vote for Verlander. He has the big innings edge over Weaver and Sale, and he doesn’t have the luxury of the same pitching-friendly home park like Weaver, Price or Hernandez. Still, it’s a solid five-person race right now, as deep and interesting a Cy Young race as we’ve seen in years.
Posted: August 07, 2012 at 09:50 AM | 51 comment(s)
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