Sodo Mojo’s Mariners Round Table #2: It’s Prediction Time!
Question No. 3: Who Wins the Cy Young Awards?
In my mind, Noah Syndergaard will no doubt be the NL Cy Young. After missing most of 2017, Thor is having a fantastic Spring. I can’t see anything — or anyone — stopping him from taking the hardware. In the AL, it’s a real toss-up. For me, it’s between Luis Severino and defending winner Corey Kluber. Right now, for the sake of change, I’m leaning toward Severino. The Yankees hurler made a lot of progress last season and has really opened my eyes.
The AL CY Young will be Chris Sale. In his second year in Boston he will be unstoppable. NL Cy Young will be Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw is the best pitcher of his generation. When healthy he is, in my opinion, easily the best pitcher in the MLB.
NL Cy Young will belong to Max Scherzer in Washington. The AL Cy Young belongs to Chris Sale, who will have another monster year for Boston.
American League: Corey Kluber
National League: Max Scherzer
The A.L. race really comes down to two guys in my opinion; Corey Kluber and Chris Sale. I could lean either way, but since most pundits are leaning toward Sale, I’m going to side with the reigning Cy Young winner in Kluber. Yes, he followed up his previous Cy Young season (2014) with the worst year of his career, but 36 wins compared to just 13 losses over the last two years with a combined 2.69 ERA over that span makes me believe he’ll keep marching on.
In the N.L. it is all about Kershaw and Scherzer. Let’s be honest, you can’t go wrong with either of these picks. It really is too bad only one pitcher from each league can win the award because both of these guys will be better than the top A.L. pitcher this year. With that said, a flip of the coin landed me on Scherzer, so he’s my guy. It should be a fun race to watch.
The American League Cy Young is tricky. The easy answers are Kluber, Sale, or Severino. There are several potential dark horses that I like, including Jose Berrios, Chris Archer, and, of course, James Paxton. While tempted to choose Paxton, I am going to play it safe and chose Corey Kluber for the AL award because, well he is really, really good.
In the NL, the race comes down to health. Whoever is healthier between Kershaw and Scherzer wins that award. If you are looking for some dark horse candidates, I would point to Robbie Ray, Aaron Nola, and Carlos Martinez.
AL: Corey Kluber
Fist off, I think it’s poetic that Kluber and Felix face eachother on Opening Day. I’m still salty about 2014. But Kluber strikes a ton of people out and is going to lead the Indians.
NL: Noah Syndergaard
If Thor can stay healthy then he can easily win the Cy Young. He throws 100 and has luscious locks to boot. The Mets are better than last year and he can be a big part of the why.