1) Clayton Kershaw, LA Dodgers: You can’t having a pitching conversation and not talk about Dodger Ace, Clayton Kershaw. By all accounts Kershaw is the best pitcher in today’s game. You can make whiff on a 90 plus mph fastball and then make your knees buckle when he throws an 75 mph curveball. Watching him pitch is like watching a painter paint a masterpiece. He has six complete games so far this season and leads the MLB with a 1.82 ERA. He’ll probably take home another CY Young award for the 3rd time in 4 years this season.
2) Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox: Chris Sale is one of the my favorite pitchers to watch every time he takes the mound. His funky delivery baffles hitters along with his damn near unhittable off speed stuff.He’s made the AL All-Star Team three years in a row now (2012-2014). Sale leads the American League with 2.03 ERA and hitters are hitting a measly .201 against him for the season. So far Sale has a 10-3 record with 165 strikeouts. At just 25, Sale is poised to the Ace of the Chicago White Sox for quite sometime.
3) Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers: Scherzer has simply gotten better and better ever since arriving in the Motor City in 2010. He’s win totals have rose and his ERA has dropped every year he’s been in a Tigers uniform. Scherzer is one of the game’s best pitchers and can handle himself when he’s on the brightest stage. He won the CY Young Award last season in the American League and boasted 21 victories. This year in 2014, Scherzer has continued his dominance with a league leading 15-4 record and a 3.13 ERA.
4) Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners: Felix Hernandez is one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball. It doesn’t matter who you are, he’s coming after you with a heater over 90 mph and isn’t afraid to come inside. Hernandez throws an array of pitches including a curveball, changeup, sinker and a nasty slider that falls off the plate. Hernandez has pitched like a flat out stud this season with 13-4 with a 2.07 ERA. He’s having his best season since 2010 and in that year he took home the AL CY Young Award.
5) Garrett Richards, LA Angels of Anaheim: Richards was enjoying a breakout campaign before disaster struck in his last start against the Boston Red Sox. He tore his left patella tendon in his left knee. It was a painful injury to watch and now the Angels are going to have to cope without their young star pitcher as they battle the Oakland A’s for the AL West crown. Prior to his injury Richards was starting to vault himself in the CY Young discussion. He had become the Ace of the Angels staff and was gaining more and more confidence every time he toed the rubber. Richards will finish the year with 13-4 record and a 2.61 ERA. It will be interesting to see how Richards comes back from his injury because he was blossoming into a very good starter for the Angels.
1) Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians.
2) Johnny Cuteto, Cincinnati Reds.