J.A. Happ: 16-3, 2.96 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 124 Ks
Jose Quintana: 9-8, 2.85 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 133 Ks
Danny Duffy: 9-1, 2.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 138 Ks
After winning his last three consecutive starts, and five of his last six starts, Danny Duffy has suddenly shot into the mix of the AL Cy Young race. It’s not the first time that a newcomer has suddenly appeared in this race, and it likely won’t be the last. The winner of this race might be the last person to dominate. His 2.82 ERA makes you wonder why the rest of the baseball world hasn’t been paying attention to him in the first place however. On June 1, his ERA was at 3.44, and he’s progressively lowered it in every start since then.
Aaron Sanchez: 12-2, 2.84 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 127 Ks
Despite the uptick in competition, Aaron Sanchez maintained his dominance this week, as he received his 12 win in a seven inning, two earned run performance. The 24-year-old right hander now sits at 152 innings thrown on the year, which means that it’s almost decision time once again for the Toronto Blue Jays. They sit with a slim lead in the division as they go for their second consecutive AL East crown. If he is moved to the bullpen, then you can take him off this list.
Michael Fulmer: 10-3, 2.25 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 103 Ks
Michael Fulmer has shot up this list to the top. While he was already a lock for the AL Rookie of the Year award, he now suddenly has the most well rounded resume of any American League pitcher right now. He shot up the rankings with a complete game shutout on Sunday, as he struck out nine batters. It wasn’t just that performance however. He boasts a 5.2 WAR, the highest of any AL pitcher. If he continues this streak he could be the third Tigers pitcher of the decade to bring home a Cy Young award.
Noah Syndergaard: 9-7, 2.75 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 163 Ks
Kyle Hendricks: 11-7, 2.19 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 124 Ks
Jake Arrieta: 14-5, 2.55 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 149 Ks
Jake Arrieta is clawing his way back into the mix for his second straight National League Cy Young award. He won his last two starts, allowing one run in 13.2 innings of work. He now boasts 14 wins on the year, while his team already boasts 73. It now seems certain that the Cubs will ride easily into the sunset of an NL Central crown, so the bigger prize would be bringing a World Series to the North Siders, but Arrieta won’t be forgotten in a trivial award race either.
Jacob DeGrom: 7-5, 2.30 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 129 Ks
While deGrom has struggled to put up wins and the Mets fall into mediocrity, the right hander has shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, he’s likely been the best pitcher in the NL over the last month. He received no decisions in his last two starts, in which he pitched 6.2 and seven innings, allowing one run in both. In fact, in his last four starts, deGrom has pitched 27.2 innings and allowed only two total runs. If his dominance continues, his numbers will soon eclipse Bumgarner’s.
Madison Bumgarner: 11-7, 2.11 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 189 Ks
The 27-year-old lefty got back in the win column for the first time in over a month this week, as he hasn’t been able to rely on his team for much since the All-Star break. But when you pitch seven innings, and only allow three hits and no runs, you’re likely to get the win (but never guaranteed). As of right now, Bumgarner still has the best overall numbers in the league, but if Kershaw came back, he would still have time to pass Bumgarner.