The first two days of baseball’s award season were somewhat predictable, with fairly obvious choices getting their due for Rookies of the Year and Managers of the Year. As we move to the Cy Young awards on Wednesday, though, things are a lot more unpredictable.
The voting in the AL, for instance, is wide open. The NL has a clear favorite, but the other two finalists aren’t too far behind that you should wager too much. In the NL, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is most likely to get the nod, but two Chicago Cubs pitchers — Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks — have great cases too.
In the AL, Zach Britton — who some might have called the favorite during the regular season — didn’t even make the top 3, leaving a field of Corey Kluber, Rick Porcello and Justin Verlander, each of whom has a slightly different case for the award.
The winner will be determined by a panel of 30 voters from the Baseball Writers Association of America, who cast their ballots before the postseason started.Read More »from Cy Young 2016: Sizing up the finalists