The 2015 Major League Baseball season is set to begin in a few days when the Chicago Cubs will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Wrigley Field for the April 5th opening night game. The following day the other 28 MLB teams will take to the field for the start of the baseball season.
We already predicted who will win each division and the 2015 World Series a while ago. This time around it is time to look at the hardware. We are talking about the American League and National League Cy Young Awards. Predicting who will win each MLB award can be fun, sometimes an exercise in common sense, and on occasion an exercise in futility.
With that in mind, Jason Culley and Adam Solowiei got together and came up with who they believe are the likely winners of the awards. Keith Rivas weighed in as well. It might not be as clear cut as you may think. Without further ado, below are the 2015 Cy Young predictions for the American and National Leagues.
|JASON PICKS - FELIX HERNANDEZ||ADAM PICKS - MASAHIRO TANAKA||KEITH PICKS - MASAHIRO TANAKA
|JASON PICKS - MADISON BUMGARNER||ADAM PICKS - CLAYTON KERSHAW||KEITH PICKS - CLAYTON KERSHAW
American League Cy Young Prediction
Jason Culley Pick for American League Cy Young –
Felix Hernandez, SP, Seattle Mariners
Some say “King Felix” was robbed of the Cy Young Award last season, finishing second to Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber. In the last six years, he has finished in the top eight in voting five times, including winning the award in 2010. Last season he struck out 248 batters with an earned run average of 2.14, both were career bests. Hernandez will turn 29 years of age in April and seem to be getting better with age.
Adam Solowiei Pick for American League Cy Young –
Masahiro Tanaka, SP, New York Yankees
I know everyone is hovering around Felix Hernandez and my 2014 choice, Chris Sale but neither are my choice for 2015 AL Cy Young award. I was on the fence waiting to hear the news and today the Yankees announced that their Opening Day starter will be Masahiro Tanaka. That means Tanaka is healthy and moves to the top of my Cy Young ballot. His history of domination in Japan was well documented and does not need a repeat. However, in his first 20 starts for the Yankees, he was 13-5, carried a 9.3 SO/9 rate with a 1.05 WHIP. He is the real deal and he is healthy. Expect an improvement on his 2014 numbers with extra experience and look for him to cement himself atop the American League.
National League Cy Young Prediction
Jason Culley Pick for National League Cy Young –
Madison Bumgarner, SP, San Francisco Giants
Madison Bumgarner is coming off one of the most dominant performances in postseason play in recent history. “Mad Bum” led the San Francisco Giants to their third championship in the last five years. He finished fourth in the National League Cy Young Award voting. Bumgarner set career highs in wins and strikeouts and had a 2.98 earned run average. He will be doing his best to lead the Giants to their fourth championship in six years, and winning his first Cy Young Award.
Adam Solowiei Pick for National League Cy Young –
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers
I racked my brain to find a way to pick Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright or even Madison Bumgarner to dethrone Clayton Kershaw. I just could not justify it. The given is simple here; if he stays healthy he dominates the National League. He is a three time winner of the award and the two-time defending Cy Young winner. He is only 27 years old and has been getting better I each of the past three years, as hard as that is to believe. His ERA has dropped, his insane ERA+ keeps getting better, his strikeout and win totals go up while his WHIP keeps finding a way to get smaller. Nothing in life is a lock but this is probably the closest you will get in a modern day baseball context.