We all know the details that CC Sabathia won it in 07 and Cliff Lee took the honors while pitching for the Tribe last year. Making it fairly obvious that Cleveland will be the home of the 2009 Cy Young.
Let's examine the candidates-
Cliff Lee- Lee won the award last year with an impressive performance that Chuck couldn't have even seen coming. Chances are he'll fall slightly back to Earth.
Fausto Carmona- Arguably Fausto was a better pitcher than Sabathia in 2007 but he didn't have the name value or the K's to win over the writers. Carmona struggled with injuries all through out 2008.
Anthony Reyes- Reyes was brought over from the Cardinals in the middle of the season. He worked well in the few starts that he had before being shut down due to elbow pain.
Carl Pavano- The greatest wild-card of them all. Pavano has done nothing of note since before he signed with the Yankees. Now the oft-injured pitcher hopes to cash in on an incentive laced one year deal with the Tribe.
Aaron Laffey- The most likely candidate to start the year in the five spot. He's a soft tossing lefty that pitched well at times early last year. Laffey is an LGT favorite
Jeremy Sowers- Another soft tossing lefty, Sowers hasn't reclaimed the success he found in the summer of 2006. He's in the race for the fifth spot. He's the anti-Laffey in that he is also a soft-throwing lefty but few people among the board like him.
Kerry Wood- If stupid K-Rod can get votes why not Wood?