Tag Archives: Cy Young

Food for Thought 8-14-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Aroldis Chapman (pictured above) is looking to become the first relief pitcher to win a Cy Young since 2003 and perhaps the first Cincinnati Reds pitcher ever to win the prestigious award.

By Josh Kramer

The Reds may be the oldest team in professional baseball history (established in 1869), but there is one thing this proud franchise has never done.  No Cincinnati pitcher has ever claimed the Cy Young Award.  Just to put that into perspective, the Diamondbacks (established in 1998) have sported five winners of the prestigious award for the best pitcher in their respective League.  I know there is a still a month and a half left in the regular season, but a pair of serious Cy Young candidates currently reside in Cincinnati.  I will give you a hint.  One is a starter, while the other is a relief pitcher.  Despite the absence of star Joey Votto, the Reds have somehow managed to go a remarkable 19 and 8.  So much for staying afloat and playing .500 ball with the all-world Votto sidelined.

Sure plenty of players have stepped up in the absence of the MLB’s best all-around hitter (such as Ryan Ludwick and Brandon Phillips), but two players have been getting the job done all year.  Johnny Cueto has not only proven himself to be a formidable number one starter, but he has also proven to be arguably the best pitcher in the National League.  Cueto currently is tied for the NL lead with 15 wins and ranks third in ERA (2.45).  Make sure to note that the two pitchers with better ERA’s than Cueto in the present have 10 wins and 9 wins respectively (Vogelsong and Zimmermann)  Then there is the Cuban Missile.  Outside of one short-lived rough patch just before the All-Star break, Aroldis Chapman has been the most dominant pitcher in baseball. Chapman has been simply unhittable as of late going a remarkable 22 straight appearances without allowing a run.  Also, in 51.2 innings against National League foes, Chapman has surrendered one earned run.  Lastly he has given up just 25 hits.  Really think about those statistics.  Could we be on the verge of the first relief-pitcher to take home the Cy Young Award since Eric Gagne in 2003?  Or perhaps the first Reds Cy Young Award winner ever? Continue reading

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By Josh Kramer How many of my Cincinnati Reds fans out there remember Kyle Lohse?  Most of you have probably erased the memory by this point. The journeyman starting pitcher spent about one year in Cincinnati (half of 2006 and half of 2007).  … Continue reading

50 Years Ago

Photo courtesy of pacejmiller.com. 50 years ago today, Wilt Chamberlain (pictured above) accomplished arguably the greatest feat in sports history.

By Josh Kramer

I know that Saturdays are the typical “Throwback” day on “TheSportsKraze.” But today marks a very special anniversary in sports history. Where were you 50 years ago?  I for one was not even born.  And I know for a fact that 99.9999% of you were not in Hershey, Pennsylvania watching the Philadelphia Warriors lay a smack down on the New York Knicks.  Only 9,346 of the 18,496 seat Hershey Sports Arena was filled on that particular night.  These days, a good high school team such as Oak Hill Academy can draw a larger crowd than the one in Hershey, PA 50 years ago for a regular season game.  Well on this particular night, 50 years ago, a goliath man by the name of Wilt Chamberlain, maybe you have heard of him, accomplished one of the greatest feats in sports history. Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 8-22-2011

Photo courtesy of http://sportscasualblog.blogspot.com/. There are no Danny Almonte (pictured above) stories going on this year in Williamsport. But the Little League World Series is still taking center stage this week in the wide world of sports.

By Josh Kramer

We are finally hitting the end of August.  The summer has gone by fast.  But everyone loves sports in the Fall.  MLB pennant races.  NFL action.  College Football action.  And NCAA Basketball action is not far behind.  So what should you be watching for this week?

5.  The goodwill continues.  John Thompson III and the Georgetown Hoyas continue to improve international diplomacy with their ten day goodwill tour across China.  So the majority of the tour has not been “good” so far.  But “will” and “desire” has been shown both on and off the court.  As long as the Big East perennial powerhouse avoids the Bayi Rockets, all will be well in Shanghai.  Doesn’t this get your juices flowing for College Basketball and March Madness! Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 7-25-2011

Photo courtesy of turnonthejets.com. Bart Scott (pictured above) is one of many people that "Can't Wait" for the NFL to return.

By Josh Kramer

In the words of Jay-Z, “On to the next one.”  Last week was great, but this week has a whole lot of promise as well.  What should you be on the lookout for?

Here is the top five.

5.  Did you know that the Women’s World Cup of Softball is going on?  Well if you didn’t, now you do.  I cannot get over how poorly publicized this event has been.  But it is not too late to tune in and enjoy the fun.  Plus, the US exacted some revenge on Japan Saturday for the heartbreaking loss in soccer last weekend.  Sure Jennie Finch is no more, but the US women are still very good.  Try to tune in to the championship game tonight as the US women look to secure a 5th straight World Cup title. Continue reading

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Without question, it appears that this year is Part II of the “Year of the Pitcher.”  Starting last season, no hitters, shutouts, and quality starts came with much more frequency than in the 2 decades prior.  Last year, the totals for homers, runs, … Continue reading

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I know the NBA was complete madness today.  I cannot remember a trade deadline as action packed as this one was.  But there has been one story that has been bothering me all day. And it has to do with … Continue reading