3 reasons why Mariners' George Kirby is winning the Cy Young

George Kirby gained attention on a nationwide scale in 2023. Here are 3 reasons why he will win the Cy Young in 2024 as the Mariners Ace
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There are a few problems in sports I can think of that are more privileged sounding than trying to figure out who the Ace is on your favorite team. I'm not going to say that it makes a fan sound entitled, more along the lines of just being a really fun conversation and a good indicator for success when you can have an argument about which pitcher on your team should be the frontrunner for Cy Young odds and predictions heading into the season.

It's where the Mariners are at with Luis Castillo and George Kirby. Shoot, you sort of have to add Logan Gilbert in there since he is sitting in the top 10 in the American League for Cy Young odds as well. He's a bit back of Castillo and Kirby though, who are neck-and-neck in most places when you are looking at the preseason odds.

Kirby seems like he is on the cusp of seriously entering the conversation for the award. Not just sitting on the outside waiting his turn, but taking control as one of the frontrunners who could grab hold of the award and stay in contention for the next decade. He seems to be next in line for the Cliff Lee/Greg Maddux type pitcher who not only has incredible control but is feared as one of the best pitchers in the league.

Let's get into it and look at three reasons why the 2024 Cy Young is George Kirby's to lose.