AL Cy Young
In the AL our prediction for Cy Young is Justin Verlander. He is tied with C.C. Sabathia with the most wins in the American League with 11. Verlander’s arsenal is equipped with a 95 plus fastball, a devastating slider and curveball, and a changeup. What’s most impressive about Verlander is that even in the latter part of the game, his fastball still reaches the high 90s. He is unhittable at times and in his last seven starts he’s gone at least seven innings while giving up less than two earned runs in each game. Having already thrown a no hitter this year and striking out 14 players in one game, he is easily the most dominating pitcher in the AL.
NL Cy Young
In the NL Roy Halladay is the front runner to win this year’s Cy Young. With the same number of wins and losses as his AL counterpart Verlander, Halladay is even better than he was in 2010. Halladay leads in the NL with six complete games and has the most innings pitched. Also, he is second in the league with strikeouts. Although Halladay is the favorite, Jair Jurrjens of the Braves is lesser known, but his league leading 1.89 ERA makes him a sleeper pick. He started the season on the DL, but he reached 11 wins before Roy Halladay did. In Jurrjens’s latest start he pitched a complete game, one hit shutout against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
When Adrian Gonzalez was acquired by the Red Sox over the off-season, everyone expected him to have a monster year, and so far they are right. Through 83 games Gonzalez has smashed 16 home runs, driven in 74 runs and hit at a clip of .350. He leads the league in hits, RBIs and batting average. His numbers are off the charts during his first year with the Red Sox. He has also been picked to participate in the Home Run Derby and he is sure to put on a show at Chase Field in Phoenix.
Over in the National League, Jose Reyes of the New York Mets is having the best season of his career and is a front runner to win the NL MVP. Reyes, 28, leads the Major Leagues in hits, batting average, and triples. He is second in the NL in stolen bases and leads the league in runs scored. Although he left Saturday’s game with a tight hamstring, he is expected to return in a few days at full strength. Reyes is in a walk-year and he is giving the Mets little reason not to resign him.