4. Luis Severino, RHP for the New York Yankees
12-2, 2.10 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 30.4 strikeout rate, 111.2 IP and 4.2 WAR
Of course the Yankees and Red Sox are right next to each other, just like it has always been. The young stud for the Yankees is in the middle of an incredible season right now and is shutting down any team he runs across. Severin is fresh of a dominating seven inning performance against the Phillies that raised him to a dozen wins already. You deal with the 100 MPH heat and a 91 MPH slider that can paint the black on the outer edge of the plate.
Severino has a lot of factors working for him past his statistical claim to the award as well. First, he pitches for the Yankees. That’s a pretty big part of the battle right there. Secondly, he’s bearing the weight of being the only true ace on the Yankees staff. Sonny Gray has been a disappointment and Masahiro Tanaka is injured and his been ineffective as well. Severino knows every time he takes the ball, he needs to have a good start because the other four starters are hit and miss. That’s a lot of pressure given the expectations for the Bronx Bombers this year. Consistency has been a major key for Severino so far as he’s only made one start where he gave up more than three earned runs. The Yanks have been in every game he’s started and he would be a worthy Cy Young recipient.