“I received the last award in 2014, but if I stay healthy this year, it may be different.”
On the 17th (Korean time), MLB.com announced the results of the first Cy Young Award mock voting this season. Voting was completed on the 15th, so the matches on the 16th and 17th were not reflected. As a result, Gerrit Cole (New York Yankees) in the American League and Jack Gallon (28, Arizona Diamondbacks) in the National League each took first place.
Cole was voted #1 by 23 of 49 MLB.com experts. Gallons are even more overwhelming. He received first place votes from 32 people. Both Cole and Gallen are playing well this season. In particular, Gallen had a strong impact, breaking after 28 consecutive scoreless innings.
Gallen is 6-1 in 9 games this season with a 2.35 ERA, 15 earned runs and 2 home runs in 57⅓ innings. He boasts a WHIP of 085 and a batting average of 0.197. National League tied for first place in wins, first in WHIP, second in most innings, third in ERA, and third in batting average.
Galen, who debuted with the Miami Marlins in 2019, remained so-so until 2021, even after moving to the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, he rebounded last year with a 12-4 record with a 2.54 earned run average in 31 games and finished fifth in the National League Cy Young voting. He is challenging his first award this year.
MLB.com said, “The 28 consecutive scoreless innings ended on the 3rd, but Galen continues to throw well this month as well. He had a 1.16 earned run average in his last seven starts. During this period, he gave up 6 runs in 46⅔ innings and struck out 60 batters after allowing only 4 walks. He is the National League leader in both WHIP and K.BB (8.75).”메이저놀이터
Second place is Spencer Strider (Atlanta Braves) with 13 votes. In eight games this season, he has an average ERA of 2.51 with 4 wins and 1 loss. A case where the success did not follow. 1st in batting average (0.169), 1st in most strikeouts (79), 2nd in WHIP (0.85). Only innings are 46⅔ innings, which is rather small.
The third place is Clayton Kershaw (LA Dodgers), who rejuvenated this year. Kershaw recently signed a one-year contract for two consecutive years, and will receive $20 million (about 26.7 billion won) this year. 6-3 in 9 games, 2.52 ERA, 0.221 batting average, 1.02 WHIP in 53⅔ innings. 63 strikeouts. He doesn’t have any parts that lead the league, but he’s stable overall. A style that prioritizes game management skills rather than competition with pitches like Gallon and Strider. After 2011 and 2013-2014, we will challenge for the 4th time in 9 years.
MLB.com said, “Kershaw hasn’t finished fifth in Cy Young voting since 2017. He last won the award in 2014, but that could be different if he’s healthy. Kershaw, who is still strong at the age of 36, posted a 2.36 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in his first eight starts this season.”