AL Cy Young race could come down to two Rays
The 2011 American League Cy Young Award voters had it easy, really. It's a pretty good rule of thumb that if a starting pitcher is a worthy candidate for the Most Valuable Player Award, he probably ought to win the Cy Young Award.Justin Verlander was the obvious choice. He had the most wins, the lowest ERA, the most innings pitched, the most strikeouts and the lowest WHIP. He received each and every one of the 28 first-place votes cast. If you're expecting a similar consensus here in 2012, well, don't hold your breath. This year, the AL Cy Young Award race is a convoluted one that could come down to split hairs or gut feelings. And it could mark the first time in seven years that a reliever garners first-place votes. Here are the top combatants for the AL Cy Young Award: David Price, Rays: Price is probably the clubhouse leader, given that he led the league in ERA (2.56) and tied for the league lead in wins (20). Price, though, was eighth in innings pitched (211), sixth in strikeouts (with 205, he trailed, among others, teammate James Shields) and tied for third in WHIP (1.10). So although he has a strong argument, he might not be viewed as the total package, the way Verlander was a year ago.