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While Los Angeles’ Clayton Kershaw has essentially pitched his way to becoming the clear front-runner for the Cy Young Award in the National League, it appears that Detroit’s Max Scherzer is slowly, but surely becoming an almost virtual lock for the American League honors.
The following is a list of the Top 5 pitchers who should be considered for the distinction of being named the American League’s best pitcher for the 2013 season. Rankings are based on the individual performance of the pitcher in relation to his competition and team performance skill level, relative skill level, and his value to his team compared to those across the league.
Although only five pitchers are ranked in this respective list, that is not to discount the fact that a number of other pitchers have enjoyed much success this season, but have not quite demonstrated the criterion representative of a definitive Cy Young caliber season.
While pitchers such as New York’s Hiroki Kuroda have turned in great seasons thus far, Kuroda’s recent struggles and New York’s fading chance at a postseason run will more than likely eliminate him from serious contention.
Baltimore’s Chris Tillman has led the Orioles’ charge for a potential postseason run, ranking second in the league in wins (15), but has not shown the consistency and dominance that would render him a serious consideration for the honor.
Also falling short of the list is Oakland’s Bartolo Colon, who despite being amongst the league leaders in wins and ERA, has fallen off the pace with an inconsistent month of August and an overreliance on his fastball, which has contributed to his high BAA of .273.
Without further adieu, here are the Top 5 pitchers who should be considered the front-runners for the American League Cy Young Award with less than one month remaining in the 2013 season.
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Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw is being recognized for his work off the field. He's the winner of the 2013 Branch Rickey Award in recognition of his community work.
Created by the Rotary Club of Denver in 1991, the Branch Rickey Award honors individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities and are strong role models for young people.
At 25, Kershaw...
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The Los Angeles Dodgers will face the Cincinnati Reds this weekend in what marks the Dodgers’ first matchup with a team in playoff contention since their three game set with the Boston Red Sox two weeks ago.
After a bleak effort put forth against the Red Sox, where the Dodgers dropped two of the three games, they are looking to...
Welcome back, Yasiel Puig.
The Dodgers outfielder, who missed two games vs. Colorado, is back in the Dodgers lineup and will bat second tonight vs. the Reds at 3:30 p.m. on Prime Ticket.
Puig, who had been sidelined with a right knee strain, is hitting .350 with 14 home runs and 32 RBI so far this season.
Dodgers lineup at Reds:Crawford LFPuig RFGonzalez 1BRamirez SSEthier CFUribe...
Dodgers fans won't see Matt Kemp in action anytime soon.
On the day the team welcome Yasiel Puig back to the lineup vs. the Reds on Prime Ticket, manager Don Mattingly said Kemp's rehab has been slowed by tightness in his right hamstring and has been shut down "indefinitely."
"At some point we run out of time," Mattingly told reporters before Friday...
Things are looking bleak for Matt Kemp’s 2013 season.
Kemp has nursing injury after injury all season, and now it seems like things are nearing the end of the road, as the Dodgers have indefinitely shut him down.
Kemp has been rehabbing in Single-A from a sprained ankle he suffered in late July, and now it’s his hamstring that’s nagging him.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly...
Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano grimaced on a pitch to Cincinnati's Zack Cozart and left in the second inning Friday night.
Capuano pulled up after his 32nd pitch, leaned to stretch the left leg, then grabbed his ankle and stretched the leg muscles again. After a visit from a trainer and manager Don Mattingly, he was replaced by right-hander Peter Moylan. The Dodgers led 2...
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp has been shut down "indefinitely" after experiencing tightness in his right hamstring while on a minor league rehab assignment. He missed more than three weeks with a right hamstring problem earlier this season.
Kemp 28 is currently on the DL with an ankle sprain. He was expected to rejoin the team earlier this week but his rehab assignment...
The Los Angeles Dodgers once again kept outfielder Yasiel Puig out of yesterday's starting lineup as he continues to recover from discomfort behind his right knee. However, manager Don Mattingly told reporters -- including Ken Gurnick of MLB.com -- that the rookie was available to pinch-hit, and Puig did wind up coming to the plate during a pivotal point in Thursday's contest...
The possibility of Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp returning fully healthy for the rest of this season and also what hopes to be a playoff run are slim. There is even a chance that he may not even return at all. Kemp has not played for the Dodgers since July 21 after spraining his left ankle.
After working out out at the club’s minor league facilities in Glendale, Arizona...
Coming into the season, Matt Kemp was one of the most important players on the Dodgers. He can play defense, he can hit and he is a presence in the lineup that teams fear. Kemp has battled the injury bug this season and was rehabbing in Arizona to attempt to comeback soon. While Kemp may have been close to returning, he isn't close to playing any time soon.
Matt Kemp felt...
The NL West leaders have a new concern about their pitching staff.
Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano strained his groin on a pitch Friday night, forcing him out of the game in the second inning. The Cincinnati Reds rallied for a 3-2 win behind Joey Votto, who emerged from a slump with a single and a two-run homer.
Capuano got hurt on his 32nd pitch, grimacing after a delivery to...
The Los Angeles Dodgers got another solid start from Zack Greinke and a big home run by Yasiel Puig.
This time, it wasn't enough.
Brian Wilson picked up his first loss with Los Angeles when Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning and scored on Todd Frazier's game-ending single, giving the Cincinnati Reds a 4-3 victory on Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati...
Jorge De La Rosa looked at his thumb and shook his head. It hurts. It has since June 17 when he violently spun a curveball in Toronto then had the bat ricochet off it while bunting. The pain has traveled with him through two countries eight states and 16 games.
"It's bad. But I can work through it" said De La Rosa who wore a BMX-type motorcycle glove while hitting...
DENVER (AP) -- Edinson Volquez lost to the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night for the fifth time this season. But in his first start for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Volquez saw progress in the 7-5 loss as he tried to implement some recommendations from new pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.
"It's tough a little bit working with something new, but what I saw today was very good...
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Joey Votto emerged from his deep slump with a single and a two-run homer Friday night, leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had another starting pitcher get hurt.
The NL West leaders lost Chris Capuano to a mild groin strain in the second inning, when he grimaced on a pitch to Zack Cozart. Already this week, the Dodgers...