Chuck Biscuits - Cobb Times Herald
As the season winds down the debate over who should take home the hardware heats up. Here is a look at the contenders and pretenders for the major awards.
NL Cy Young
Contenders: Kazuhiro Ong, Kirt Hooper: Ong's got it going on, being near the top of every pitching category. Hooper has been shopping at Dominant Pitchers Warehouse, and could bring home the merchandise.
Pretenders: Geoffery Gates, Talmadge Young: While Gates has been very good, he isn't even the thrid best pitcher on the Sluggers staff, which is frightening. Young has been riding the power of the Tyson's offense to some very good stats, but isn't quite in the category of Ong. Editors Note: Young and Hooper are interchangable in this article, please feel free to switch them as you see fit.
Dark Horses: B.C. Steenstra, Ivan Canseco: Surprise! Two more Sluggers pitchers enter the fray. Of the two, Steenstra has been incredible but hurt by poor run support. Canseco has only lost twice.
And the winner is... Ong. Bang a gong, it's Ong! Kaz finally lives up to his potential after several disappointing seasons to win his second Cy Young.
AL Cy Young
Contenders: Olmedo Contreras, Albert Franco: With the injury to Philip Brown, Contreras is in the drivers seat for the Cy Young. Franco has been good, only losing twice against 15 wins so far.
Pretenders: Henry Perez, James Morris: Both Morris and Perez have been riding high run support that has masked their only above average pitching. Neither is truly dominant enough to win.
Dark Horses: Brian Wells, Gerald Kojima: Wells and Kojima are having fantastic campaigns, each throwing lights out this season. Either of them could steal the Cy Young if things go their way.
And the winner is... Contreras by a landslide. This one isn't even close at this point, Contreras is head and shoulders above the rest of the league.