Alek Manoah is an American League Cy Young finalist

The ace of the Blue Jays’ staff is a Cy Young nominee… Again

It was announced Monday evening that 24-year-old Alek Manoah is a nominee for the 2022 American League Cy Young award, along with Justin Verlander and Dylan Cease.
Manoah had a 2.24 ERA and 3.35 FIP in 196.2 innings pitched this season. The 24-year-old righty had a 22.9 K%, which is on the rather low side, but he had a solid 6.5 BB% with the Jays. The Big Puma also put up a 0.88 ERA and 3.09 FIP in September, which helped the Jays clinch home-field advantage for the Wild Card Series. Let’s see how he measures up compared to the competition.
Dylan Cease also had a great season, posting a 2.20 ERA and 3.10 FIP in 184 innings pitched. Out of these three pitchers, he had the highest K% of 30.4% and the highest BB% of 10.4%. If he had a competent team behind him, perhaps the White Sox would’ve made the playoffs.

The 300th K of @Alek_Manoah6’s career
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) September 24, 2022

Finally, we have a two-time World Series winner in Justin Verlander who had an incredible season with the Houston Astros. The righty had an amazing 1.75 ERA and 2.49 FIP in 175 pitches. This included a 27.8 K% and a 4.4 BB% with the Astros. He’d be my pick to win the AL Cy Young award… Oh, and he was also 39 years old this season. Incredible.
The Jays have a chance to have back-to-back winners in the Cy Young category, as former Blue Jay Robert Ray won the 2021 Cy Young winner. It’s unlikely that Manoah will win it, but it’d sure be awesome if he did!
The winner will be announced on November 16th.
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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Kevin Gausman dominates New York Yankees as Toronto Blue Jays win 3rd in a row

The two highest paid pitchers on the Blue Jays’ staff have come through in a big way each of the last two nights. Last night, it was Jose Berrios, and tonight, it was Kevin Gausman.

Gausman threw seven shutout innings against a struggling Yankees lineup, as the Blue Jays defeated New York 4-0, taking the first two games of this series.
Four runs were enough to get the job done, and that was all thanks to Gausman’s stellar performance. Through Gausman’s seven innings, he allowed four hits, no runs, one walk, and seven strikeouts. With this start, Gausman brings his scoreless innings streak on the road to 21 consecutive innings.
Gausman used a wide array of pitches tonight, accumulating his strikeouts by way of his fastball, changeup, and his well-known splitter. No one on the Yankees had more than one hit off him; the top of the Yankees order (LeMahieu, Judge, and Rizzo) were a combined 1-for-8 with a walk.
Jameson Taillon started for the Yankees, and he has been solid against the Blue Jays this season. However, the Jays scored early and often enough to keep their distance. A leadoff single in the 3rd by Whit Merrifield followed by a Cavan Biggio double would have the Blue Jays within striking distance first. Lourdes …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation