AL Cy Young Race 2019: Justin Verlander

By: Alexander Eustace

With the World Series in full swing, and featuring several star-studded pitching matchups, it seems fitting to reflect on the league’s best pitchers throughout the regular season. The AL Cy Young race, in particular, features Astros teammates Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole on top, with Rays right-hander Charlie Morton trailing right behind them. Given the dominance of both Verlander and Cole, it may not be fair to call either one the “unquestioned leader” of Houston’s staff. However, as evidenced by both traditional and modern statistics, Verlander has a stronger case to collect his 2nd career Cy Young Award and his first since 2011. Continue reading “AL Cy Young Race 2019: Justin Verlander”

AL Cy Young Race 2019: Gerrit Cole

By: Jordan Denish

In one of the closest Cy Young Award races in the past decade, teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander are producing two of the most dominant seasons by a starting pitcher ever. Cole leads the American League in ERA, strikeouts, and FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching, which is a measure that computes a pitcher’s expected ERA given their walks, strikeouts, and home runs given up) while Verlander leads the American League in wins, WHIP, and strikeout-to-walk ratio. In the year of the home run, the performance of each of these pitchers has been remarkable. 

Continue reading “AL Cy Young Race 2019: Gerrit Cole”