AL Cy Young Award contenders
Clay Buchholz, Red Sox
Stats: 17-7, 2.33 ERA, 120 K, 1.20 WHIP
Buchholz is challenging for the ERA title, which could affect Felix Hernandez's bid for the award. Hernandez is at 2.27 ERA, just ahead of Buchholz in the AL. While Buchholz may not have the wins, innings or strikeouts of some of the other candidates, he's in the conversation with a .226 opponent batting average (seventh in AL) and likely will have one more start in the Red Sox' final series vs. the Yankees.