By Steve Dilbeck
2:19 PM PDT, August 26, 2013
Ah, not like that. Not with Clayton Kershaw’s lone competitor for the National League Cy Young Award going down with an elbow injury.
As much as everyone in Los Angeles wants to believe that Kershaw’s magnificent season has already locked up the NL award, in truth it’s a fairly tight two-man race.
Anyway, it was.
Bad news came from New York on Monday afternoon when it was revealed Mets pitching sensation Matt Harvey is being shut down with an elbow injury.
The Mets said he had a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow that may not require Tommy John surgery.
We’ve all heard that plenty of times before (see: Chad Billingsley) and know how it ends. If Harvey has the surgery, he’d be out the rest of this season and likely all of next year.
That’s horrible news for Harvey, the Mets and all of baseball. And it also may have ended an exciting National League Cy Young race.
If you believe the race was already a no-brainer victory for Kershaw, examine their current numbers.
Kershaw: 13-7, 1.72 ERA, 188 strikeouts, 0.86 WHIP, .182 opponent batting average.
Harvey: 9-5, 2.27 ERA, 191 strikeouts, 0.93 WHIP, .209 opponent batting average.
I’d have to vote for Kershaw right now, but the numbers are close enough that things could have changed over the final five weeks of the season.
Not now, though. I can’t see Adam Wainwright or Jose Fernandez chasing down Kershaw, who just may finish with one of baseball’s greatest seasons.
His only real competition was Harvey, and now that’s gone. It could have been something.
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