Cy Young Award: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros
Would the guy who picked the Houston Astros to be 4.5 games ahead of the Los Angeles Angels please raise your hand and step forward for your Nostradamus pick of the year award?
We won’t hold our breath waiting for that guy or gal to step forward, since we probably would’ve all called him or her crazy back in March, but the Astros indeed are in first and Keuchel is one monstrous reason.
His 10-3 record, 2.03 ERA, 124.1 innings-pitched, three complete games and two shutouts are just flat-out absurd for the American League. His H/9 innings is leading the AL with a 6.4 mark in 17 games started. Most importantly, his Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is 4.7, which truly amazes the pure baseball head.
Second half players to watch: Carlos Carrasco, Sonny Gray, Felix Hernandez and Chris Archer.