The Cy Young Award outcomes, as you might need heard, have been introduced Wednesday night time, and your winners, in what was hardly a shock, have been Houston’s Justin Verlander and Miami’s Sandy Alcantara. It was Verlander’s third Cy Young Award and Alcantara’s first — the primary Cy Young for that Marlins franchise.
Alcantara joins Verlander on the legendary record of males who have received a Cy Young Award, a record that doesn’t embody among the best pitchers in latest baseball classic, together with Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan and Mike Mussina. And it drops Alcantara from the record of excellent energetic pitchers who have by no means received one.
Who’s left on that record? Only among the greatest pitchers on earth. With a nod to the likes of Chris Sale and Adam Wainwright, two legends who have by no means received a Cy Young (and doubtless will not at this level), this is a take a look at the 5 greatest present pitchers with out a Cy Young… who seem poised to nonetheless win one.
Gerrit ColeRHP, Yankees
Best Finish: Second place, 2021
Cole has completed within the high 5 on 5 events and was second twice, and on the very least, he is all the time going to make a superb case for himself by pitching so many innings in bulk. Heck, he pitched 73 innings in 2020! (That’s extra innings than Jacob deGrom threw this 12 months.) He’s definitely going to have a lot extra alternatives to make a run on the award, however he’s now much more clearly on the flawed aspect of 30, a ripe previous 32 years previous. He could also be getting additional away: His ERA+ in 2021 was 111, nonetheless good, after all, however the lowest it has been since he was a Pirate.
Aaron NolaRHP, Phillies
Best Finish: Third place, 2018
Nola has been underappreciated for so lengthy that calling him underappreciated is beginning to really feel overappreciated, if you recognize what we imply. His benefit is wrapped up within the bulk innings he supplies; he made it over 200 innings for the third time of his profession in 2022. He completed sturdy, too, carrying a excellent recreation into the seventh inning in opposition to the Astros through the closing collection of the 12 months, the one the place the Phillies would clinch their first playoff spot since 2011. He was good, if not fairly dominant, within the postseason, however he did get a highlight on himself that had been missing for most of his profession. Maybe folks will begin appreciating him the correct quantity in 2023, for as soon as, and it will get him extra Cy Young votes than he has acquired up to now.
The nice case for Wheeler in 2021 was not simply his effectiveness — a 2.78 ERA, a 5.37 Okay/BB ratio — however the sheer variety of innings he threw: 213 1/3. He was down 60 innings in 2022, which is why he did not end wherever close to second though he was practically pretty much as good on a price foundation. The motive for concern heading into 2023 is that he appeared to expire of fuel within the playoffs, though he did have a ending kick within the World Series. He’s coming into his age-33 season, which makes him a little older than you may understand, however his top-end stuff is pretty much as good as any pitcher’s in baseball.
Urías has been round a lot longer than you understand, particularly contemplating he is nonetheless solely 26 years previous. The 2023 season will probably be his eighth massive league season — he lastly hits free company after 2023 if the Dodgers do not lengthen him — however he by no means earned any Cy Young votes till 2021, when he completed seventh. He made a massive step ahead this 12 months because the ace of the very best employees in baseball, and now he is pitching for a new contract. And, significantly, he is 26 years previous. If he had simply been known as up, you’d name him one of the vital thrilling prospects in baseball. Sure seems like he will win one in all these sometime, and doubtless fairly quickly.
Yu Darvish, RHP, Padres
Best Finish: Second place, 2020
Darvish has been round a lot longer than you in all probability understand he has been. He completed second in Cy Young voting in Texas method again in 2013 after which did it once more with the Cubs in 2020. He was introduced over to San Diego in 2021 to turn into the ace, however he did not actually pitch like one till 2022, placing collectively his greatest full season (not together with 2020) since that 2013 season. He’s getting up there in age, although: He’ll be 37 in August, and whereas he has been wholesome the final 4 years, he did not precisely have a historical past of with the ability to keep on the sphere till 2019. Playing in San Diego helps: Not solely does the stadium assist out the ERA, however he wins video games — his 16 in 2022 was his highest since his rookie 12 months in 2012.
Honorable mentions: Max Fried, LHP, Braves; Carlos Rodón, LHP, free agent; Kevin Gausman, RHP, Blue Jays; Walker Buehler, RHP, Dodgers