The trade deadline has passed and now we enter the “dog days of Summer”. Before we get too far into August, let’s check in again on the league leaders for the annual “Pi Young Award“.
First up . . . the American League/no innings requirement. We have three pitchers on either side of the magic number. At 3.13 is Sam Deduno of the Twins, while on the other side of the mark is Jake Peavy of the White Sox and Travis Blackley of the red-hot A’s.
In the AL “ERA qualifiers” group, the Peavy leads the pack at 3.15, with a 0.04 lead over the Rangers’ Matt Harrison (June’s leader) and an 0.08 edge over the Rays’ Jeremy Hellickson.
In the NL/no innings requirement the Dodgers’ DL-ed Ted Lilly takes over sole possession of 3.14-dom, followed closely by the Giants’ Clay Hensley at 3.13 and the Astros’ alliterative Wesley Wright at 3.16.
For the NL ERA qualifiers, Stephen Strasburg’s poor performance last night actually helped edge him into the lead at 3.12 (he had been at 2.76 before the game), with the Giants Madison Bumgarner close behind at 3.09. A pair of 2012 imports from the American League, A.J. Burnett and Gio Gonzalez are tied for third at 3.27.
That’s the update for July.
Here’s a gentle reminder that the VORG is holding a Pledge Drive.