C.C. Sabathia, New York Yankees (20-6, 3.05)
Sabathia will win the American League Cy Young at the end of the season. With a 21-6 record, he’s certainly a worthy candidate. The fact that he plays for the New York Yankees has made him a shoe-in, however. Not to take anything away from Sabathia, but the Yankees offense deserves plenty of credit for his success this year. There are a ton of pitchers in the A.L. who would be worthy of the Cy Young Award any other year. Those same pitchers would be worthy of it this year if they played for the Yankees.
Sabathia also helped his own cause by pitching deep into games. That, on the other hand, is not owed to his teammates. The Yankees’ workhorse has thrown 224 innings so far this season, which is second only to Felix Hernandez. To be able to pitch at such a high level with that large of a workload is truly remarkable in this day and age.