Justin Verlander currently leads the American League in ERA (2.15), WHIP (0.81), opponent’s batting average (.172), and strikeouts (75). He’s shown every bit as much dominance as he did during last season’s Cy Young run, and his recent one-hitter put him very close to being just the sixth pitcher in history to throw three career no-hitters. Verlander hasn’t regressed one bit from last year; he’s still carrying 100mph fastballs into the late stages of games, still throwing knee-breaking curveballs, and continues to be one of the most consistent starters in baseball.
Peavy is one of the year’s best comeback stories after a tough 2011 that saw his ERA jump up to 4.92 and record finish at a pedestrian 7-7. However, the fatigue and injury that ruined his previous season doesn’t seem to be affecting him now. Peavy has a dominant line of 2.39/.204/0.91 and a 5-1 record. He won AL Pitcher of the Month in April with a 3-1 record, 1.67 ERA, and 33 strikeouts in 5 starts (all quality starts), and has also thrown two consecutive complete games and one shutout. He’s behind Verlander at the quarter mark, but Peavy’s mound work thus far makes him deserve recognition.
Brandon Morrow has always had good stuff, but it’s taken him until this year to figure out how to use it. At 5-2 with a 2.63 ERA and a WHIP of .96 Morrow has been a force in the Jays’ rotation. He also has put up the best walk rate of his career (by far) at 2.5 per 9 innings, and has hurled two complete game shutouts. With his dangerous four-pitch repertoire (upper 90s fastball, slider, circle change and a knuckle-curveball) Morrow has the talent and now control to make a run at the Cy Young over the course of the season.
What more is there to say about Jered Weaver? He’s been one of the best Aces in baseball the past five seasons and he’s not making this year an exception. Weaver is 6-1, with a 2.80 ERA, and a WHIP of .90. His strikeout-to-walk ratio is roughly 5:1 and he’s already thrown one no-hitter this season against the Minnesota Twins on May 2. He’s been the lone bright spot on an otherwise disappointing Angels team.
Yu Darvish might be the most interesting early Cy Young candidate at this point. He’s trying to become the first pitcher to earn the Cy Young and Rookie of the Year in the same season since Fernando Valenzuela in 1981. After some early bumps, Darvish has settled in as one of the more formidable pitchers in the league, and perhaps most importantly, he’s allowed the Texas Rangers to forget CJ Wilson’s departure altogether. His 6-2 record and respectable line of 3.05/.225/1.41 along with 63 strikeouts puts him at the top end of the league statistically. Darvish was selected for Rookie of the Month in April with a record of 4-0, a 2.18 ERA and 33 strikeouts. The Japanese born hurler does have the advantage of Texas’ All-Star lineup for run support, but that shouldn’t take away the phenomenal start to his MLB career. As Darvish gets more comfortable in North America and against Major League hitting, his numbers will only improve further.
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Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
Charlie Lobosco May 1st
This is a very compelling story because Mr. Collins is a very passionate, tough, intelligent, athelete taking on some additional responsibliity to help others as…
Scott Cohen May 1st
Charlie.. very well said.. he does have guts
Scott Cohen May 1st
but it shouldn’t require guts. .like you said it’s nobody’s business but his own
Hisham Zameeth April 30th
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Kareem Musa Mayowa April 29th
We don’t need to be hopeless about the situation bryant his. Because even david villa situation also up to the level of his own to…
Maritess Lim April 28th
I still believe in KOBE’s power…… He is still the best…… He will make it possible no matter what……
mimi_aragon84 April 28th
I feel no pity for him. First of all, it is EAGLE, COLORADO, not Eagleton, secondly he enjoyed success and adulation from fans from 2003…
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