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Scherzer, Hernandez Head List Of AL Cy Young Award Candidates At Midway Mark

Posted by Dale "Skip" Lalonde on 7/17/2013 7:36:04 PM

There were more than a few online sports betting fans that were caught off guard when the National League managed just three hits in a shutout loss to the American League at the 2013 All-Star game. The best bats from the NL struggled to generate any offense against the best arms from the AL, with a couple of key AL Cy Young award candidates leading the way. That included AL starter Max Scherzer, who is considered the slight favorite to win the award ahead of fellow starters Felix Hernandez and Matt Moore heading in to the second half of the regular season. Anything can happen in the second half, but that trio leads the list of candidates at the midway mark.

The case for Scherzer is simple as no AL pitcher has more online sportsbook wins than his 13 at the midway mark. Scherzer is 13-1 with a 3.19 ERA, ranking second in the AL in both WHIP and strikeouts with a 0.94 mark and 152 total. The Detroit Tigers already have a former Cy Young award winner in Justin Verlander, but Scherzer has played the role of the ace this season and is poised for a strong second half. His 4.1 WAR ranks third in the AL, and it isn’t as much that ranking as it is who is ahead of him in that category that matters.

No AL pitcher has a better WAR than the 2010 AL Cy Young award winner Hernandez, who posted a 4.7 mark in the first half. Hernandez showed his best stuff heading in to the All-Star break, reaching the midway mark at 10-4 with a 2.53 ERA. Hernandez has thrown 140 strikeouts in 138.2 innings pitched this season, and if he can maintain his numbers across the board while getting a little more help from his offense to help in the wins category, he could be the arm that beats out Scherzer in the end. Chris Sale is actually the closest to Hernandez in terms of WAR with a 4.6 mark, but he is just 6-8 on the year and won’t get much help from the Chicago White Sox.

That leaves Moore as the next best sports betting option for the AL Cy Young at this point, as he is tied with Scherzer at 13 wins. Moore has a respectable ERA at 3.44, and if he can get it below 3.00 the rest of the way he should be a legitimate candidate. Bartolo Colon has 12 wins but is linked to the recent Biogenesis scandal after being tagged for PED use a year ago, so it’s unlikely he would garner much consideration even with some great numbers. There is still some time for things to change and anything can happen in the second half, but right now it’s the All-Star starters Scherzer, Hernandez, and Moore that lead the list of AL Cy Young award candidates.

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