Who can become baseball's next superace?

From ESPN - November 15, 2017

Through July 31, Chris Sale had a commanding lead in the American League Cy Young race over Corey Kluber:

Sale: 13-4, 2.37 ERA, 148.1 IP, 103 H, 27 BB, 211 SO

Kluber: 8-3, 2.90 ERA, 114.2 IP, 87 H, 27 BB, 161 SO

Barring injury, Sale was in excellent position to win his first Cy Young Award. Instead, Kluber had one of the greatest stretch runs youll ever see, somewhat reminiscent of Jake Arrieta in 2015. Over the final two months, Kluber went 10-1 with a 1.42 ERA, striking out 104 in 89 innings with just nine walks while allowing more than two runs in a start just one time. Sale, meanwhile, tired a bit, going 4-4 with a 4.09 ERA over the final two months and twice allowed seven runs in a game -- both times to Klubers Cleveland Indians. In Sale's final regular-season start, he allowed four home runs in a loss to the Blue Jays.

Sale became the first American League pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 1999 to strike out 300 batters, but in the end, Kluber closed the gap in innings and strikeouts and comfortably led in ERA -- 2.25 to 2.90 -- and hell end up winning Cy Young honors for the second time.

For Sale, it will be his sixth straight season receiving Cy Young votes -- hell have finished sixth, fifth, third, fourth, fifth and second -- making him one of the top pitchers to never win top honors.

Here are the pitchers with the most Cy Young Award shares (award points won by the player divided by the maximum number of award points) without winning:

Adam Wainwright: 1.97

Curt Schilling: 1.85

Dan Quisenberry: 1.49

Nolan Ryan: 1.48

Jimmy Key: 1.25

Dave Stewart: 1.22

Kevin Brown: 1.20

Trevor Hoffman: 1.07

Mariano Rivera: 1.04

Chris Sale: 1.00


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