Wainwright now leads the NL in wins with 17 and ERA at 1.99 and appears to be the odds-on favorite to take home the award.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a crowded field of competitors, however.
The Phillies’ Roy Halladay was on the mound against the Mets on Saturday and has been nearly as masterful as Wainwright through much of the season. At 14-8, Halladay’s record isn’t quite as sparkling, but he rivals the Cardinals’ right-hander in most advanced statistical measures, and his perfect game on May 29 stands as one of the season’s best pitching performances. Halladay leads the league in innings, complete games and strikeouts, and he has allowed the fewest walks per nine innings.
Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez looked to be the favorite for the Cy Young during the first half of the season and nabbed the start in the All-Star Game after opening the year 13-1 with a 1.15 ERA. Since mid-June, however, Jimenez has fallen off, posting a 5.17 ERA in his last nine starts.
The other side of that coin might be New York’s Johan Santana. His season totals — a 10-6 record and 2.89 ERA — won’t rival Wainwright or Halladay, but since July 1, Santana is 5-1 with a 1.88 ERA.”
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