Jun 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (right) and Zack Greinke against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke have pitched phenomenally for the Dodgers this year. Like seriously. Their numbers are absolutely ridiculous. The fact that one of them will LOSE the Cy Young is incredible. Jake Arrieta and Jacob deGrom, both of whom are having marvelous seasons, could realistically not receive a first-place vote. Only one of Gerrit Cole/Michael Wacha/Max Scherzer will probably be a top-five Cy Young finisher.
There’s obviously still a month left in the season so a lot can still happen. Maybe Arrieta doesn’t give up another hit this season. Maybe Kershaw and Greinke decide throwing with their dominant arms is too easy, and try experimenting by using their other arm. After sitting through 14 innings of stupid #weirdbaseball on Monday, nothing would surprise me.
But as we all sit right now, fresh off a huge sweep against the Giants, it looks like the Cy Young award will belong to a Dodger pitcher for what should be the fifth consecutive year (WHERE’S R.A. DICKEY NOW HUH??). Let’s take a look at the cases for (and against?) the two Dodgers candidates. This post was originally only going to be about Greinke, and then Kershaw reminded me that he’s still pretty decent.
Next: Literally a 1.59 ERA