Sep 9, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT
Justin Verlander has gone 10-1 in the second half to emerge as the clear front-runner for the AL Cy Young award, but his 3.00 ERA since the All-Star break actually ranks “only” 22nd among all pitchers with at least 50 innings.
Here are the MLB leaders in ERA since the break:
IP ERA Clayton Kershaw 75 1.44 Cliff Lee 66 1.76 Ian Kennedy 74 1.95 Ervin Santana 85 2.13 Tim Lincecum 67 2.16 Jon Lester 58 2.18 Jeremy Hellickson 61 2.37 Zack Greinke 74 2.42 Matt Cain 77 2.47 Tim Hudson 76 2.50
Not a whole lot of surprises on that list. Clayton Kershaw and Cliff Lee have been amazing all season, and along with Roy Halladay are basically neck-and-neck atop the NL Cy Young race right now.
And here are the worst ERAs since the All-Star break:
IP ERA A.J. Burnett 53 7.81 Brian Duensing 51 7.76 Trevor Cahill 55 6.67 Jason Vargas 59 6.56 Brad Penny 51 6.49
My favorite stat: A.J. Burnett has allowed 46 earned runs in 53 innings since the break. Kershaw has allowed 56 earned runs in 206 innings all season.
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