Time to move on to the dominant pitchers in the Junior Circuit! Last year, it was Dallas Keuchel winning his first Cy Young over a couple of Vanderbilt products in David Price and Sonny Gray. Who will secure the Cy Young this year? Let’s check out the field based on the month of April.
Jordan Zimmermann: Through the first 5 starts of his Tigers tenure, Zimmermann has gone 5-0 while only surrendering 2 ER with the best ERA in baseball at 0.55. He’s pitched 33 innings in those 5 starts and has given up 28 hits while striking out 23. His WHIP is 1.06 and opponents are batting .224.
Rick Porcello: Porcello has pitched at least 6 IP in all of his starts this year with Boston. This is the Rick Porcello that Boston thought they were acquiring last offseason when they parted with Yoenis Cespedes. Porcello is 5-0 while surrendering 10 ER for an ERA of 2.76 in 32.2 innings. He has given up 24 hits including 5 long balls while striking out 36. His WHIP is 0.92 and opponents are batting .200.
Chris Sale: As ace of the red hot White Sox, Sale is perfect in 5 starts this year while pitching 38 innings including 1 complete game. Sale has given up 7 ER for an ERA of 1.66. With 21 hits and 3 home runs, opponents are batting .159 against Sale. Sale has struck out 32 batters and has a WHIP of 0.68.
Mat Latos: Latos has been a tremendous bargain for the White Sox this year, going 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA by giving up only 6 ER. In 29.1 IP over 4 starts, Latos has given up 24 hits and has only struck out 15. His WHIP is at 1.09 and opponents are batting .218.
Jose Quintana: It’s no coincidence that three White Sox are on this list as they’ve received excellent starts from their pitchers. Quintana is 3-1 while giving up only 5 ER. In 30.2 innings, Quintana has struck out 32 and opponents are batting .230. He has a WHIP of 1.11.
Others of Note:
David Price: Price has been shaky in a couple starts and completely dominant in others. If Price can be more reliable, he can definitely be a part of the Cy Young mix for yet another season. Price is currently 3-0 in 5 starts with an unsightly ERA of 5.76 and has pitched only 29.2 innings. He’s surrendered 19 runs but has struck out 46 to lead the MLB. Opponents are batting .256 off of him currently as he looks to build on his latest start heading into May.
Taijuan Walker: Through 4 starts, Walker is 2-0 with an ERA of 1.44. Through 25 innings, he’s surrendered only 4 earned runs and struck out 25 batters. Opponents are batting .223 against he young right-hander. Walker currently has a WHIP of 0.96.
Felix Hernandez: King Felix might be 2-2, but he has an ERA of 1.38–5 ERs given up in 32.2 IP. Felix has only given up 19 hits but 18 walks which have hurt him. He has also struck out 28 batters. While opponents are only batting .165, his opponents’ OBP is at .284 due to the myriad of walks.
Obviously, these are way too early looks, as I highly doubt Mat Latos will be still on the radar for the Cy Young come later in the season. But for now, he’s been a great addition to the White Sox rotation. There have some great starts this season, as these pitchers try to continue their success and others try to find some of their own in May. What do you think? Who has the best chance to continue their success and become a legitimate Cy Young candidate?