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Wednesday July 17, 2013
By Ryan Ritchey (MLB Reports Writer) Follow @baseballaddicts
The Cy Young Award is always a fun award to predict. There are always three or four great pitchers from each league that could deserve the award. But in the end only one person can get that award and that is why it is so fascinating.
This season is no different. There are three players in my mind from the American League that deserve to be candidates for the Cy Young Award.
Who is the front runner? Here is who I have…
First is the King, Felix Hernandez. Every season since he came into the league at the age of 19 in 2005 he has gotten better mentally and physically.
As a young pitcher, he would get frustrated easily on the mound and it would go downhill from there. This season it looks as if he has got his emotions under control and just goes out and pitches.
Hernandez is 10-4 with a 2.53 ERA in an even 20 starts. This is the first season he has won 10 games before the All-Star Break in his nine year career.
Those numbers right there are a lot better than his 13-12 Cy Young season in 2010. He always seems to stay right around a .500 record but I think this is the season he breaks out and wins 20 games for the first time.
There is just one more player better than him that deserves the award more than the King.
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