The results are in, and MLB.com’s third Cy Young Award poll of 2022 is a Florida-centric affair.
Not only did first place change hands in both the American League and National League from our second poll (taken three weeks ago), but both new leaders come from teams in the Sunshine State. No pitcher has finished first in multiple polls this season, with a number of arms continuing to battle it out in competitive races.
Once again, voters were asked to rank their top five Cy Young candidates in each league based on what has happened so far and what they expect will happen in the months to come. Pitchers received vote points on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale — five points for a first-place vote, four points for a second-place vote and so on, with 44 voters participating. Here are the results.
1) Shane McClanahan, Rays (35 first-place votes)
DraftKings Cy Young odds: 3.5-1
The 25-year-old left-hander just keeps gaining steam. After a stellar rookie campaign in 2021, he placed fifth in our first Cy Young poll of the season before moving up to second and now first. Well, that’s what happens when you lead the Majors in ERA (1.77), strikeouts (123), WHIP (0.83) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.9). McClanahan has a 1.26 ERA since the beginning of May, allowing no more than two earned runs in 10 straight starts over that span.
2) (tie) Justin Verlander, Astros (3 first-place votes)
DraftKings Cy Young odds: 3.3-1
Verlander has now ranked in the top three in each of our polls, and for good reason. At age 39 and coming off Tommy John surgery, the two-time Cy winner is still getting the job done. An eight-inning gem on Wednesday afternoon at Citi Field made him the first MLB pitcher to reach 10 wins this season and dropped his ERA to 2.03. But it would be an odd coincidence if JV finished as a runner-up to McClanahan, given that four years ago he was a close second to a different 25-year-old Rays lefty (Blake Snell).
2) (tie) Alek Manoah, Blue Jays (3 first-place…