Justin Verlander, Sandy Alcantara top Cy Young’s latest poll

There is still plenty of time to flip the Cy Young races, but both racers up front have given themselves some breathing space as we are nearing the end of the regular season.

Last week saw the Astros’ Justin Verlander and Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara pin their case to the top spot in the MLS and the National League, respectively, as Verlander returned from the injured roster to throw five rounds without injury against the A-team, and Alcantara fired his fifth full-leading game. in MLB for this season.

The two bowlers held steady as leaders in the latest MLB.com Cy Young poll.

Voters were asked to rank Cy Young’s top five candidates in each league based on what had happened so far and what they expected to happen in the long run. The constellations received voting points on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale – five points for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on, with 33 voters participating.

This is the current state of things. (All stats as of Tuesday).

1) Justin VerlanderRHP, Astros (25 votes for first place)
DraftKings Cy Young odds: -400 (bet $400 to win $100)

Verlander’s calf injury in late August threatened to push the AL Cy Young race into uncertainty, but he was able to come back in less than three weeks and showed no signs of rust while carrying Oakland over five rounds on Friday. The 39-year-old outperforms the MLB in ERA (1.78), WHIP (0.83) and opponent’s batting average (.185).

2) stop dylanRHP, White Sox (4 first place votes)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 4-1

Showing no signs of slowing in September, Cease has clocked 1.35 ERAs over its past 21 starts. He was second in the AL after Verlander in ERA (2.13) and second after Gerrit Cole in strokes (217).

3) Shane McClanahanLHP, Rays (2 votes from first place)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 25-1

McClanahan finished the first half by 1.71 ERA, but has faded since breaking the All-Star (3.94 ERA) while dealing with injuries. After returning from a left shoulder collision to throw five rounds without goals on September 15, McClanahan allowed five rounds against the Astros on Tuesday before exiting with a tight neck.

4) Framber ValdezLHP, Astros (1 vote from 1st place)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 14-1

Verlander might be Cy Young’s favourite, but Valdez shouldn’t be overlooked. The globe specialist made history with him The beginning of the twenty-fifth quality in a row Sunday against the A’s, breaking Jacob deGrom’s record, and has 2.57 ERA over 185 2/3 rounds.

5) Alec ManoahRHP, Blue Jays (1 vote from 1st place)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 65-1

What is the consistency of the approaches? He’s only allowed three rounds four times in 29 starts, and his ERA hasn’t risen above 2.71 all year. The 24-year-old has a 2.40 ERA with 168,000 in the season and is just two rounds behind Valdes for the AL Championship.

Others who got votes: Shuhei Ohtani, Kevin Gusman, Emmanuel Klass, Shane Pepper, Gerrit Cole

1) Sandy AlcantaraRHP, Marlins (31 votes for first place)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: -475 ($475 bet to win $100)

So much for the Alcantara chip in the second half. Things got a little dicey when the right guy allowed 16 wins over 23 2/3 rounds in a four-period from August 21 through September 8, but he reasserted his place as the frontrunner in NL Cy Young last week. After holding Velez twice over seven rounds on Sept. 13, Alcantara cut the distance for the fifth time this season in a 3-1 win over the Nationals on Sunday. While Alcantara is second in the NL in the ERA (2.37) behind Julio Urías (2.27), he has thrown 54 rounds more than the left Dodgers and 25 1/3 more than the next closest pitcher of the NL (Miles Mikolas with 187 1/3).

2) Max FriedLHP, brave
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 16-1

Fried quietly has the highest ERA+ (160) in MLB since the start of 2020 (164 in 2022), and he’s taken a step forward this season with a best 5.13 K/BB ratio and 2.79 FIP. The Left Handed Braves didn’t get any votes from first place, but he did get enough boost to finish in second place.

3) Julius UreaLHP, Dodgers (2 votes from 1st place)
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 7.5-1

Urías emerged as the Dodgers champion within a year when the team lost Walker Buehler to Tommy John surgery and also been without Clayton Kershaw, Tony Gonsolin, Andrew Heaney and Dustin May for extended periods. The 26-year-old captured the NL’s lead with a 2.27 ERA, including a 1.30 mark over his past 11 starts.

After finishing fifth in the AL Cy Young race a year ago, Rodon was able to finish fifth in the NL vote this season. He leads MLB in FIP (2.27) and NL in K/9 (11.8) while placing 2.84 ERA with 220 K above 167 2/3 round.

5) Zach GalenRHP, D-backs
DraftKings Cy Young Odds: 13-1

Gallen joined the Cy Young conversation after putting together the seventh longest streak of goalless rounds in AL/NL history, a 44 1/3 round that started on August 8 and ended on September 11. 0.92 WHIP, and no qualified MLB pitcher allowed fewer hits per nine rounds than Gallen (5.9).

Others who got votes: Yu Darvish, Aaron Nola, Corbin Burns, Kyle Wright, Edwin Diaz, Spencer Strider, Tony Jonesulin, Max Scherzer, Tyler Anderson

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