Cy Young Award Watch: Pitchers throw with heavy hearts after loss of Fernandez

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

 

The Cy Young race lost a strong candidate Sept. 25. Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died in a boating accident at 24-years-old. With heavy hearts, the rest of the Cy Young candidates still took the mound in remembrance of Fernandez as he was honored throughout the week.

National League

 

Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died Sept. 25 during his quest for his first Cy Young award. (yankeefan1959, Flickr)
Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez died Sept. 25 during his quest for his first Cy Young award.
(yankeefan1959, Flickr)

Jose Fernandez, Miami Marlins

Fernandez was in the running to win the first Cy Young award of his career before his death. He notched eight shutout innings in his final outing against the Washington Nationals. Fernandez struck out 12 batters and allowed three hits. The Marlins plan to retire Fernandez’s No. 16.

 

Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Coming off a dominant start last week, Madison Bumgarner was less than impressive in his latest start Friday. Bumgarner went six innings and gave up five runs on four hits. Bumgarner struck out five while walking only one. He ended the start with a 7.50 ERA but had a mere 0.83 WHIP against opposing batters. With the season ending, Bumgarner will need to play better than his last start, unless he wants to open the door for the other candidates.

 

Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

After a strong start the week before, Max Scherzer continued with another solid outing. He went six innings and gave up six hits that led to two earned runs. Scherzer struck out 10 as he showed signs of dominance throughout the game. Boasting a 3.00 ERA at the end of the game, Scherzer also posted a mere 1.33 WHIP. Scherzer will have to continue his dominant outings if he wants a chance at the Cy Young.

 

American League

 

Rick Porcello, Boston Red Sox

With a dominating performance last week, Rick Porcello had another strong outing against Boston on Friday. He went 6.1 strong innings, while giving up only three runs on eight hits in his 22nd win of the year. Porcello sent nine batters packing and allowed only one free base. Porcello’s 1.42 WHIP will help him extend his lead in the Cy Young race.

 

Zach Britton, Baltimore Orioles

Zach Britton has been the cover boy for consistency this year. Britton continued his dominance in three outings this week. The innings were limited, but Britton shutdown opposing batters, as he gave up one hit over three appearances. Britton struck out four batters, ending the week with a 0.33 WHIP. As long as he keeps up his dominant performances, Britton will be on everyone’s ballot at the end the year in position to take the Cy Young right from under Porcello’s nose.

 

Danny Duffy, Kansas City Royals

After an OK outing last week, Danny Duffy didn’t help his case in his first start of the week. Duffy was pulled after 3.2 innings after giving up six runs. Opposing batters had his number from the start and Duffy was never able to recover. On Thursday against the Twins, Duffy improved. He went 6.1 innings and gave up four runs and struck out three batters. Ending the week with a 9.00 ERA hurt Duffy tremendously in the Cy Young race

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