With the season nearing its end, the race for Cy Young has intensified heavily. It is tighter than ever before and currently there’s no outright leader in either league. However, there have been performances by players over the past week that may have given some an edge.
Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox
Rick Porcello had a stellar week, winning the only game he started in dominating fashion. Porcello was able to go the distance, while giving up only four hits to opposing batters. He also allowed only two earned runs in nine innings. Porcello also amassed seven strikeouts and didn’t allow a walk. However, Porcello’s most impressive stat of the game was his 0.44 WHIP and 2.00 ERA. With the season coming to an end, Porcello has a great chance at the Cy Young if he keeps up dominating performances.
Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles
Zach Britton was able to continue his dominant play this past week. Britton pitched three times this past week and didn’t surrender a run. Also, Britton was able to go 2-for-2 on save opportunities in three outings, raising his total on the year to 45 saves in 45 attempts. With the season winding down and Britton’s chances dwindling, he’s going to have to play as well, if not better, than he did this week for him to have a chance at the Cy Young.
Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals
Danny Duffy had a decent outing in his last start that earned him his 12th win of the season. He was able to go seven innings, while giving up three earned runs on eight hits. Duffy fanned eight batters as well on the night, and allowed only two walks. Duffy amassed a mere 1.43 WHIP against the opposing team.
Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner was displayed pure dominance in his latest start against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bumgarner went seven innings while giving up a lone hit. He also sent batters packing, striking out 10 oppoenents and not allowing a walk..
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
Max Scherzer was able to win his 18th game on the season in his past start. Scherzer going 6.2 innings and allowing four hits was crucial in the Nationals’ win. However, he gave up three runs while also giving up two homeruns. Scherzer was dominant, striking out eight batters and surrendering two walks. Scherzer finished the game with a 2.83 ERA.
Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants
Johnny Cueto had a strong performance against division foe San Diego Padres until his injury occurred. He went 5.1 innings and gave up eight hits in a shutout performance. Cueto was struck out six batters and allowed only two walks. Cueto’s injury could hurt his chances for the Cy Young, as he’s questionable for his next start. If he does miss his next start, then Cueto will need stellar performances to gain ground on Bumgarner.