Dallas Keuchel is still our favorite for the AL Cy Young, but now that he has been placed on the disabled list for the second time this season, can someone overtake him?
The Good: Dallas Keuchel (Astros) and Max Scherzer (Nationals)
Keuchel will miss 2-3 starts and will not throw for a week, but is still far and away the favorite in the American League. His 1.67 ERA is the best in baseball and he owns a 0.879 WHIP. Ervin Santana pitched his third complete game shutout of the season this week to bring himself back in the conversation.
Kershaw has been our favorite ever since Noah Syndergaard went down, but he has been in tight competition with Max Scherzer and it appears that for now, Scherzer has taken the lead. Scherzer became the third-fasted player in MLB history to record 2,000 strikeouts and owns a ridiculous 12.17 strikeouts per nine innings pitched mark. His ERA is just 0.08 points higher than Kershaw while his WHIP (0.829), and strikeouts per nine innings are much better. He has struck out 32 more batters than Kershaw in just 8 2/3 more innings of action.
The Bad: Dillon Gee (Rangers) and Jacob deGrom (Mets)
Both pitchers actually faced on another in an ugly matchup last Tuesday. Gee, a former Met who was cast away, was seeking vengeance in his first start of the season. Instead, he was yanked after 3 1/3 innings after allowing three home runs. Twelve batters reached base.
The poor start by Gee should have given deGrom the opportunity for an easy win. Instead, he lasted just four innings, allowing eight runs off of 10 hits and his ERA went up by nearly a full run. In his last two starts, deGrom has allowed 15 runs in eight innings.
The Ugly: Chris Tillman (Orioles) and Tyler Glasnow (Pirates)
Tillman missed the first month of the season, but when he made his debut, he showed no signs of rust, pitching five shutout innings, but the wheels quickly fell off and yesterday’s showing may have been rock bottom. Since his first start, Tillman is 0-4 with a 9.59 ERA. Against the Yankees, he was smacked around for nine runs and three homers. He lasted just four outs.
Glasnow has struggled all season and has made this list in the past, but that has mercifully come to an end. With Jameson Taillon returning to Pittsburgh, Glasnow has been demoted to Triple A to work out his kinks.