Last night (Sept 2) in the AL Cy Young race saw CC Sabathia win his 16th game for the Yankees as he moves ahead of Justin Verlander into sole position of 1st place in the AL in that category.

But the most impressive showing of the night was Seattle’s Felix Hernandez, who threw eight shutout innings at the Angels and picked up his 14th win. He was at 114 pitches after 8 and was pulled for closer David Aardsma.

Strictly from a Cy Young perspective, the complete game and perhaps shutout would have been huge. This award is Zack Greinke’s to lose and Felix only has a single shutout this year compared to Greinke’s 3. Regardless, the performance elevated Hernandez into a tie for Justin Verlander in the runner-up slot, for now.

Sabathia’s performance pushed him ahead of the sinking Roy Halladay into 4th.

  1. Zack Greinke, Royals 160 points
  2. Justin Verlander, Tigers 137 points
  3. Felix Hernandez, Mariners 137 points
  4. CC Sabathia, Yankees 125 points
  5. Roy Halladay, Blue Jays 114 points
  6. Josh Beckett, Red Sox 73.5 points
  7. Edwin Jackson, Tigers 59 points
  8. Jered Weaver, Angels 49 points
  9. Scott Feldman, Rangers 47 points
  10. Jon Lester, Red Sox 37 points

One other note – these are the first set of rankings in the last few weeks that don’t show Jarrod Washburn of the Tigers. He has cratered since leaving Seattle at the end of July.

The point system is explained here.