Since 1956, when the award was first introduced, there have only been nine relief pitchers to win the Cy Young. None of those nine relief pitchers, or any pitcher who has won the award for that matter, has had an earned run average below one.
Rodney has had this magical year in an A.L. East division that has some of the game’s best offenses and most clutch hitters. But seeing Rodney trot onto the mound for the Rays this year has been as good as hearing the fat lady sing. And it’s possible that there won’t be a starter in the A.L. that will reach 20 wins this season. The only person who has a realistic shot at doing so is Rodney’s teammate, David Price (18-5), and he needs two more wins with only 10 games left in the regular season. And let’s be honest, Price has been fortunate to have Rodney closing out those games and keeping a lot of those wins in line for Price. I know I am going to vote for Rodney for A.L. Cy Young this year. Not only are his numbers deserving of it, but Rodney has struggled over his career and it’s great to see that everything is finally clicking for him as the closer in Tampa Bay.