Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has been named one of the three finalists for the AL Cy Young Award. How does he stack up against the competition?
Major League Baseball has revealed the ballot of the three finalists for the American League Cy Young Award, which includes Boston Red Sox left-handed pitcher Chris Sale.
The Cy Young Award is annually given to the best pitcher in each league. The award is voted on by a panel of members of the Baseball Writer’s Association of America with one representative for each team.
Since 2010, the writers ranked five pitchers in each league and used a formula to weight votes based on how high the pitcher’s appeared on each ballot. The process has been changed this year to limit voting to a ballot that includes three finalists.
Last year the award went to Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello, who narrowly edged out Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander by a score of 137 – 132. Kluber finished fourth on the ballot, while Sale was sixth. The results will be a bit different this year with only three finalists to vote for, yet we could still see another tight race.
How does Sale stack up against the competition? Let’s take a look at the contenders.