By Alex McLoughlin
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians, 18-4, 2.27 ERA, 198.2 IP, 262 SO, 0.86 WHIP
Corey Kluber is a man on a mission. He has won each of his past six starts while maintaining the lowest ERA in the American League. All four of his losses have occurred when the Indians’ failed to score more than two runs. He leads the AL in WHIP and is second to Boston’s Chris Sale in strikeouts. Although Kluber doesn’t get as much media attention as his competitor in Boston, he has a resume that’s hard to ignore.
Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox, 17-7, 2.75 ERA, 209.1 IP, 300 SO, 0.95 WHIP
In a world without Kluber, Sale would have won the Cy Young months ago. Unfortunately for Sale, he trails Kluber in almost every major category. That being said, Sale still has a strong chance of winning the prestigious award. He leads the MLB in strikeouts and has an impressive ERA. His season has been a success, but will it be enough to surpass Kluber?
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers, 18-4, 2.21 ERA, 171 IP, 200 SO, 0.93 WHIP
The world is running out of superlatives to describe Clayton Kershaw. Despite missing the month of August, the Dodgers’ ace has the most wins in the National League and is tied for the Major League lead. Kershaw also boasts the lowest ERA in baseball. Although his strikeouts have gone down this season, he is making up for it with incredible numbers in other categories. The three-time Cy Young award winner has a great chance to bring home a fourth.
Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals, 16-6, 2.55 ERA, 197.1 IP, 263 SO, 0.91 WHIP
Max Scherzer hasn’t gotten the hype he deserves this season. That tends to happen when you play in the same league as Kershaw. However, the defending Cy Young winner isn’t making it easy for Kershaw to run away with the award. He leads the National League in strikeouts and WHIP while flaunting the lowest batting average against in the MLB. He has a decent chance to repeat this year, but it’s certainly no guarantee.