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Three Ace Pitchers Compete for the 2023 AL Cy Young Award

Cole, Gray, and Gausman Showcase Dominance on the Mound

Written & Drafted By Shafeek Ahmad, Published On 15-November-2023, 07:55 AM EST.

Major League Baseball (MLB) witnessed significant rule changes in 2023, including banning the shift, altering base sizes, and implementing pick-off limits, all aimed at boosting offensive gameplay. However, these changes didn’t hinder three stellar pitchers from standing out in the American League (AL). Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees, Sonny Gray of the Minnesota Twins, and Kevin Gausman of the Toronto Blue Jays are now vying for the prestigious 2023 AL Cy Young Award. In this article, we delve into each pitcher’s outstanding performance and make a case for their Cy Young candidacy.

Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray and Kevin Gausman (Getty Images)
 

Gerrit Cole – New York Yankees:

The New York Yankees faced numerous challenges in the 2023 season, but amidst the struggles, Gerrit Cole emerged as a silver lining for the team. Signed to a record-breaking deal in 2020, Cole overcame criticism and delivered a standout performance. Leading the AL with a remarkable 2.63 ERA, 209 innings pitched (third in MLB), and a 0.98 WHIP, Cole silenced doubters. His two shutouts topped the league, and his 222 strikeouts placed him among the AL’s elite. Cole’s resilience and dominance make him a strong contender for the Cy Young Award.

Gerrit Cole throws pitch
New York Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throws during the first inning of a game against the Cardinals, July 2, 2023, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Sonny Gray – Minnesota Twins:

Sonny Gray, often underrated, showcased his prowess as one of baseball’s top pitchers in 2023. A free agent with a stellar season at age 34, Gray’s 2.79 ERA (second-lowest in the AL) and 2.83 FIP underscore his excellence. Thriving with the Minnesota Twins, Gray’s career resurgence is evident with a significant improvement in performance. As the ace of the AL Central champions, he played a pivotal role in breaking a postseason losing streak and securing the team’s first series win since 2004. Gray’s consistent excellence positions him as a formidable Cy Young contender.

Sonny Gray
Carlos Correa #4 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates with Sonny Gray during the fifth inning in Game 2 of the Wild Card Series at Target Field on October 4, 2023, in Minneapolis. (David Berding/Getty Images)

Kevin Gausman – Toronto Blue Jays:

Kevin Gausman’s transformation over the last three seasons has been nothing short of remarkable. From a middle-of-the-road starter, he evolved into a Cy Young Award finalist in 2023. Leading the AL with 237 strikeouts and boasting an 11.5 K/9 ratio, Gausman’s career-high marks highlight his dominance. Notably, he allowed no more than three earned runs in 25 of his 31 starts, demonstrating remarkable consistency. His five-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays appears to be a wise investment, as Gausman continues to deliver standout performances. A strong Cy Young candidate, Gausman’s evolution is a testament to his dedication and skill.

Kevin Gausman throws pitch
As the race for the 2023 AL Cy Young Award unfolds, Gerrit Cole, Sonny Gray, and Kevin Gausman have each presented compelling cases for their candidacy. Their remarkable performances on the mound, overcoming challenges and elevating their teams, underscore the essence of excellence in pitching. Baseball enthusiasts await the announcement of the winner, recognizing the outstanding contributions of these ace pitchers to the game.

Source – Fox News 


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Disclaimer:- This news article was written by the help of syndicated feed, Some of the content and drafting are made by the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) ChatGPT.

About the authorShafeek Ahmad is a freelance writer passionate about business and entrepreneurship. He covers a wide range of topics related to the corporate world and startups. You can find more of his work on Howtobeaspoonie.com.

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  • Shafeek Ahmad

    Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.

Shafeek Ahmad
Shafeek Ahmadhttps://howtobeaspoonie.com
Meet Shafeek Ahmad, a dedicated news writer at HTBS News, with a passion for unearthing stories that matter. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to delivering accurate and engaging news, Shafeek is a trusted source of information. Bringing years of experience to the table, Shafeek's writing is a blend of expertise and storytelling. In an era of fast-paced news cycles, Shafeek's articles stand out for their precision and commitment to journalistic integrity.
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