A tie is not likely to occur in the AL Cy Young race. The rules are as follows:
The pitchers are voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. They vote for each pitcher from 1st place to 10th place. If you receive a first-place vote, you will receive 14 points, second receives 9 points, third receives 8, and keeps going down until 10th place, which receives one point.
A tie between the Astros’ Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander would be a surprise based on those rules, but these two men will likely be #1 and #2 in this contest and will not begrudge the other if they win it.
The last time teammates were 1 and 2 in the Cy Young was in 2002 when the defending Champion Arizona Diamondbacks had the winner in Randy Johnson and the runner-up in Curt Schilling. They, unfortunately, were swept 3-0 by the St. Louis Cards in the NLDS that season, so the Astros hope not to completely copy that pair this time around.
The sentimental favorite between the two has to be the grizzled, tough as nails Verlander (36), but Cole (29), the not quite as grizzled, tough as nails sidekick has been his match almost pitch for pitch in 2019.
Heading into their likely last two starts of the season, Verlander barely leads in many of the traditional stats (19-18 wins, 2.50 – 2.61 ERA, 212 – 200.1 IPs) and one modern one with an insane 0.788 to 0.908 WHIP. Oh, and he added a cherry to a sundae of a season with his 3rd career no-hitter a couple weeks ago. He has to be the slight favorite at this point.
Cole could catch him in wins and ERA before the end of the season and already has popped the “sexy” 300 K barrier in 200 innings. Oh and he pops it in there at 99 and 100 mph in the last inning of many of his starts. And it should be noted that his 13.57 K’s per 9 IP, if he can sustain it, will be the highest EVER for a starting pitcher in MLB history. Both pitchers have excellent K/ BB ratios – Verlander’s 7.08 is first in the AL for qualifying starters, while Cole is second at 6.57.
Where do Houston fans stand on this contest? They may lean towards JV, who was the white knight who swept in and saved their 2017 World Series season and who is signed for two additional years past this one. They probably will be fine if GC, who will be a free agent after this season pulls wins this award, but their hearts are probably a little bit more with Verlander.
So how do you feel about this friendly competition? Who would you like to see win it and how would you feel about a nice sister kiss of a tie between the two?