All this Cy Young talk is wearing on Zack Greinke. Even when it comes from the hometown fans, Kansas City’s attention-shy ace doesn’t want to hear it.
“It’s pretty annoying, actually. I really don’t like it all,” he said.
When you put up an earned-run average that looks like a misprint and make big-league hitters slam their helmets in frustration, people are going to talk.
And the buzz is building.
As he heads into the final week of the season, Greinke has put himself in position to become K.C.’s first Cy Young Award winner since David Cone in 1994.
The right-hander’s 2.06 ERA leads the majors and is nearly a half-run less than Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, his closest competitor in the American League. It would be the lowest ERA in the AL since Pedro Martinez’s 1.74 for Boston in 2000 and would break the club record of 2.07, set by Roger Nelson in 1972.
Greinke has 16 wins, leads the majors with three shutouts and is second in the AL with 229 strikeouts in 2231⁄3 innings.
“It’s a no-brainer for me,” Royals manager Trey Hillman said. “If anybody’s going to look at it fairly ... just look at the statistics.”
What could hurt Greinke’s Cy Young chances is his win total; he has 16, tied for sixth in the AL.
CC Sabathia has 19 wins for a Yankees team that has won 100 games. Detroit’s Justin Verlander has 17 wins, and leads the majors with 256 strikeouts. Hernandez also has 17 wins for Seattle and is second in the AL with a 2.49 ERA.