As the Major League Baseball (MLB) regular season comes to a close, attention turns to who will win the Cy Young Award, which honors the top pitchers in both leagues.
MLB.com on Wednesday released the results of a mock poll in which 39 voters ranked the top five pitchers in both leagues.
The first-place vote was worth five points, the second-place vote was worth four points, and the third-place vote was worth three points.
In the American League (AL), Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees) led the way, sweeping 38 of 39 first-place votes.
Cole leads the AL in ERA (2.79), innings pitched (187), and walks allowed per inning (WHIP-1.3) this season.
Cole, who finished second in both the 2019 and 2021 Cy Young Awards, will be the first Yankee to win the award in 22 years since Roger Clemens in 2001.
Luis Castillo (Seattle Mariners), Kevin Gausman (Toronto Blue Jays), Sonny Gray (Minnesota Twins) and Frazier Valdez (Houston Astros) followed Cole on the list.
In the National League (NL), Justin Steele (Chicago Cubs), Blake Snell (San Diego Padres), and Zach Gallon (Arizona Diamondbacks) shared 14, 10, and 9 first-place votes, respectively.
Steele boasts the lowest ERA in the majors (2.49) and has been on fire in his last three starts, allowing just one run in 21 innings with 14 hits and 26 strikeouts.
Snell ranks second in the NL in both ERA (2.52) and strikeouts (209), but is hampered by a major league-high 92 walks.
Gallon was considered a favorite to win the Cy Young Award this year, including facing Cole as the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, but he faltered, giving up 11 runs in games on March 28 and March 3, and finished third in the voting.
Spencer Strider (Atlanta Braves), who has struck out 250 batters, and Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia Phillies), who leads the NL in WHIP (1.05), each received three first-place votes. 스포츠토토