Wednesday evening brings us the announcement of the “Cy Young Award” winner in each league. So, its now time for the VORG to announce the winners of the 2015 “Pi Young Awards”, celebrating the pitchers with ERAs closest to 3.1415927 . . . . (Here’s a refresher on the whys and wherefores of the award).
For the NL ERA qualifiers (one inning pitched per team game), A.J. Burnett of the Pirates missed pi by only .04, with a mark of 3.18. The Cardinals’ Lance Lynn held off Tommy John Surgery long enough to finish a distant second at 3.03, with former teammate Shelby Miller finishing a close third.
In the NL/no minimum innings category, despite a 1.476 WHIP, reliever Bryan Morris of the Marlins finished the year at the magic 3,14. Right behind him were Alex Torres of the Mets and Sam LeCure of the Reds, each at 3.15.
Next, the American League/no minimum innings requirement. The Blue Jays’ Marco Estrada, who just re-signed with the club for two more years, finished 2014 on top of the Pi Young standings. Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly edged out the Astros’ Joe Thatcher for second place.