reUP Sports 2012 Cy Young Predictions
Posted on Apr 6th, 2012 08:38 AM
MVP | Cy Young | ROY | World Series

Matt T.

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander

It looks like the easy way out, projecting the reigning Cy Young and MVP to repeat, but there were really only 3 considerations for me and one of them has only thrown a few major league innings (guess that outs my ROY pick). Verlander was the only qualified AL pitcher with a SIERA (2.99) below 3 last year. The Tiger defense shouldn’t hurt him too much as he struck out an AL 2nd best 25.8% of batters in 2011, but he will reap the benefits of the offense on his way to another 20 win season and that should be enough for voters. I’m picking the Tigers to sweep the 2 big AL awards again.

NL Cy Young: Madison Bumgarner

Of the top 7 SIERA’s in the NL last year, 3 were Phillies, 2 were Brewers, and the other won the NL Cy Young. The Phillies may split votes, the Brewers might struggle to put up the results their peripherals say they’re worthy of, and I really can’t find an excuse for Kershaw. Let’s just say I’m going out on a limb and want to recognize the guy who will surpass both Timmy and the new $100 million man, Matt Cain, to become the best pitcher in San Francisco and the NL this year. In his 2nd ML season, his strikeouts rose from 18.2% to 22.6% while his walks stayed consistent at 5.5%. With an improved Giant offense (free Brandon Belt!), Madison Bumgarner is this year’s Clayton Kershaw.

Patrick S.

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander

Too good to ignore. I thought about Felix Hernandez and David Price, but they don’t stack up to Verlander. He’s got nasty stuff and the lineup to back him up. The Tigers are hungry and Verlander will be focused in 2012. Back-to-back Cy Young Awards for Verlander!

NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

The Phillies aren’t going to score much early in the season, so Halladay will have to be at his best. He’s thrived in high pressure situations in the past and 2012 will be no difference. Halladay has a career year and helps the Phillies sneak into the playoffs as a wild card. 20 wins, ERA around 2.00, and a WHIP under 1.00 will help Halladay lock up his third Cy Young.

Ryan R.

AL Cy Young: Justin Verlander

Verlander is coming off a season in which he pitched over 250 innings en route to a 24-5 record, and became the first pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 to win both the AL MVP and AL Cy Young. Although I like guys like Felix Hernandez and David Price to compete for the league’s Cy Young award, they simply won’t receive the run support from their respective teams. I know you’re saying “But wait Ryan, didn’t King Felix win the award two years ago with just 13 wins?” Yes, he did. But what is more attractive to Cy Young voters, a guy with 15 victories on a mediocre team, or a workhorse who leads his team into the playoffs with 20+ victories? I’ll let you make the call.

NL Cy Young: Roy Halladay

This was a very difficult decision for me. I really want to say Clayton Kershaw will repeat his unreal fantasy season from 2011 (21-5/248 K’s/2.28 ERA/.98 WHIP), but something tells me he is going to experience some sort of setback. On the other hand, Doc Halladay will just keep lighting up the scoreboard with K’s and victories, because he just knows what it takes to pitch at the highest level in this league. Doc has won two Cy Young’s, back in 2003 and 2010, and will continue to fool batters into thinking they have a chance against his repertoire. Roy is an ageless wonder and a very special player in this league and has no doubt been the best pitcher in the MLB the past ten seasons. Look for that streak to continue this 2012 season.

Weldon A.

AL Cy Young: Jered Weaver

I really like Weaver to win the CY Young this season. I think it will be a close fight between him and King Felix for the award. My dark horse pick is Doug Fister. Weaver surprisingly tied for the A.L. lead last season in quality starts with 28. The Angels have Haren already and now with C.J. Wilson on board, it’s going to push him even more to establish himself as the Angels best SP. His K/BB took a little bit of a dip last season, but I expect those to bounce back to the 2010 range. Factor in the extra offense this season, and I see a 22+ win campaign for Jered.

NL Cy Young: Ian Kennedy

Why do I think Kennedy will win the CY this season? Ian Kennedy has the run support, Clayton Kershaw doesn't. Plus I rarely pick an incumbent to repeat because the odds are against him. It will be a close one between Kershaw and Kennedy. Pick either and you can't go wrong. Kennedy could potentially win 25 games out in the desert this season and he has my vote.