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With it being the month of March, baseball season is just around the corner. It is tougher to pitch in the American League because they have to face a designated hitter unlike the National League. Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians won the American League CY Young for the second time in three seasons.
Other than Corey Kluber, who else can be candidates for the American League CY Young award in 2018?
Justin Verlander, Houston Astros: Verlander was one of the main reasons why the Astros won the World Series last season. He was a machine ever since he left the Detroit Tigers. Verlander was 5-0 with a 1.06 ERA. In 34 innings pitched, he walked only five batters and struck out 43.
Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros: Dallas Keuchel went 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA last season. He had a bounce back 2017 season after a rough 2016 outing. Keuchel will once again be a candidate to win the AL CY Young because of a very good fastball and a curveball.
Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox: Many people argued that Chris Sale should have won the CY Young Award last season. He struck out 308 batters in 214.1 innings. Sale’s record was 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA. He should have another big year if he stays healthy.
Luis Severino, New York Yankees: In order for the New York Yankees to have a very good rotation, Severino is going to have to be on top of his game. He is my dark horse pick to win the AL CY Young Award this season. Severino had a 14-6 record last season with a 2.94 ERA. In 193.1 innings pitched last season, he walked 51 batters and struck out 230.
Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers: Even though Fulmer had a 10-12 record last season a 3.84 ERA, he could bounce back in 2018 and dominate opponents. He has that potential. In 164.2 innings pitched in 2017, he walked 40 batters and struck out 114. Fulmer has a very good fast ball that could reach the high 90s and even reach the 100s. He has a good breaking pitch too, but it needs to be more effective.