Shysterball says that, while funny things can happen in two months, both Brandon Webb and Cliff Lee can start making space on their shelf for the Cy Young Award. Webb leads the NL with 17 wins and is fourth with a 2.88 ERA. The three pitchers ahead of him in ERA (Lincecum, Peavy, and Santana) are well behind him in wins and probably won't catch up, so the Cy looks to be his to lose.
Here is what he writes about Cliff:
Cliff Lee was even more impressive yesterday, shutting out the Blue Jays over eight innings. Lee is leading the AL in wins and ERA, and none of the three guys trailing him in the latter category -- Justin Duchscherer, Roy Halladay, or Felix Hernandez -- are playing for winning teams, ensuring that only Lee truly has a shot at both titles. Yet somehow Lee seems less of a lock for a Cy Young than Webb does, for the simple reason that Francisco Rodriguez is likely to break the saves record for the best team in baseball. AL voters haven't given a Cy Young to a closer since Dennis Eckersley got it in 1992 -- and the early season K-Rod buzz is certainly dying down -- but the save, she is a seductive stat, and to the extent Lee falters down the stretch, the writers have a fallback option in Rodriguez.
But it's not a smart option, because Lee, as Webb, have been dominant this year. And though it's only August 11th, we haven't had a a clearer choice for Cy Young this early in recent memory.
This has been such a crazy season for our beloved Tribe; they have the front-running Cy Young candidate along with a legitimate MVP candidate in Grady yet they sit it last place in the Central. Had anyone told us these two facts at the beginning of the year we'd probably think the Indians would be running away with the division.
Speaking of Grady, THT's weekly awards moves him ahead of Ian Kinsler for the AL MVP award. He won't win, but here is what the author (John Barton) has to say:
Grady Sizemore takes over for Ian Kinsler. Sizemore is hitting .273/.384/.537 with 25 doubles, 27 home runs, 71 walks, very good center field defense, and 27 of 30 on the basepaths. It’s too bad the Indians are still leading him off and it’s too bad that the Indians aren’t close enough to the playoffs for him to get some MVP press. He’s turned into an extremely good middle of the order hitter that would be an MVP candidate if he was at the helm of a contender.