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Top Cy Young Candidates

By: Amelia Parreira

We may not have a dominant run-away pitcher for either Cy Young award like we did last year with Clayton Kershaw but there are some great pitchers out there on the hill this year.

With countless amounts of skill and talent, this season holds some of the best competition the Major League has ever seen. Here’s a look at some of the top picks.

Jake Arrieta (Chicago Cubs)

Jake Arrieta

While this 29-year-old had a rocky start to his career, he’s had a remarkable breakthrough this past season.

Jake Arrieta made his Major League debut in 2010 with the Baltimore Orioles. By 2013 he had one of the worst ERAs in the league at 7.23, with a record of 1-2 after five starts.

Things turned around for Arrieta after he joined the Chicago Cubs in July 2013. By the end of the 2014 season he had pitched three games where he kept up a no-hitter past the seventh inning, and in Sept. 2014 he held a 10-5 record and a 2.53 ERA.

This season has been his best yet. Arrieta currently has a 15-6 record with a 2.39 ERA.
In July 2015 Arrieta pitched a complete game against the Chicago White sox, earning a 3-1 victory and giving up only two hits.

Arrieta has kept up a five-game winning streak from July 30 on, his latest win on Aug. 22 against the Atlanta Braves, a 7-1 score.

Arrieta has enormous competition up against him, but right now his chances are looking good.

Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco Giants)

Madison Bumgarner

This 26-year-old left-handed pitcher has done it all, except win a Cy Young award.

The Giants drafted Madison Bumgarner as a first-round pick right out of his high school years. He made his major league debut in 2009 and helped the Giants win a World Series in 2010.

After earning two more World Series wins with the Giants, Bumgarner became the 2014 World Series MVP. His high-end pitching performance also earned him titles that include Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year and Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year.

This season Bumgarner holds a 14-6 record with a 2.98 ERA, and has 174 strikeouts. On June 28 he made his 1000th career strikeout against the Colorado Rockies.

On August 16, irony took place at AT&T Park. On what was designated as “Juan Marichal Day,” Bumgarner joined Marichal as the only Giants pitcher to strike out 10 or more batters, hit a homerun and pitch a shutout in the same game.

Speaking of home runs, Bumgarner is great at the plate. He has 11 career home runs, five for this season alone. In fact, the Giants have even chosen him as a pinch hitter.

What more can you ask for in a player?

Sonny Gray (Oakland Athletics)

Sonny Gray

The 25-year-old Nashville native made his Major League debut in 2013 for the A’s and has become one of the most well-known pitchers in the American League.

Sonny Gray has been nothing but a charm for the A’s He currently holds a 12-5 record and a 2.04 ERA, the lowest ERA in the American League this season. He is also first in the league with a WHIP of 0.96.

On opening day he pitched eight straight innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates, only allowing one hit. That was just the beginning.

He kept up a 10-3 record up to July and was selected to participate in his first All-Star game.

He then came out of the All-Star game only to pitch three complete games, two of them shutouts. Not only that, but both shutouts took place against first-place teams, including the Los Angeles Dodgers.

As he gains strength on the mound, Gray can exit this season as a Cy Young winner with no doubt.

Zack Greinke (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Zack Greinke

At age 31, the 2009 Cy Young recipient still has the arm of a youngster and one of the best records in the league. Even after suffering a 13-3 loss against the Houston Astros in his last start Aug. 22, he still sports a 1.67 ERA and a 13-3 record.

Before the unfortunate game against the Astros, Zack Greinke had a five-game winning streak, remaining strong through the majority of August. On Aug. 17 he pitched one of his finest starts, lasting seven innings against the Cincinatti Reds and only giving up one run.

In July 2015 Greinke took part in his third All-Star game, where he pitched the first two innings and gave up one run.

Greinke currently has a minimal amount of struggles on his record, granting him a high chance of receiving his second Cy Young of his career.

Dallas Keuchel (Houston Astros)

Dallas Keuchel

After a successful 2014 season led him to a Gold Glove award, this 27-year-old left-hander is still going strong.

Entering his third season in the majors, Dallas Keuchel was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for both April and May 2015. By the end of April he had a record of 3-0 and a low ERA of 0.73. His outstanding statistics resulted in his selection for the 2015 All Star game.

Keuchel currently holds a 14-6 record and a 2.36 ERA and can easily take the Cy Young if he makes the same executions on the mound throughout the remainder of the year.

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