It may still only be June, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start speculating over who may end up winning certain major awards at the end of the 2023 season.
The races for the Cy Young Awards in each league are heating up.
The Cy Young Award typically goes to the starting pitcher with the best ERA in each league.
Sometimes, exceptions have been made, but it is typically the best ERA that earns a pitcher the Cy Young.
And in both the American League and National League, there are several contenders for the Cy Young that are well worth considering.
On Twitter, MLB posted a graphic featuring the top-5 candidates in each league for the award.
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— MLB (@MLB) June 6, 2023
In the American League, Shane McClanahan has the best ERA with a mark of 2.02, followed by Eduardo Rodriguez, who owns an ERA of 2.13.
But with Rodriguez hurt, Sonny Gray and Framber Valdez have made their presences felt.
Gray owns a 2.15 ERA while Valdez is right behind him with a 2.16 mark.
Nathan Eovaldi must also be considered, as he has posted a 2.24 ERA through 12 starts with the Texas Rangers.
Gerrit Cole is also featured in the graphic.
In the National League, it’s mostly the usual suspects.
Zac Gallen has an ERA of 2.75 and is leading the poll rankings.
Spencer Strider and Marcus Stroman have also had solid seasons and find themselves at second and third on the list.
Mitch Keller and Logan Webb round out the bottom two spots.
These starters have all had impressive seasons to date and are worth considering for the Cy Young Awards.NEXT: Fans React To Latest Jacob deGrom Absence