Cy Young-Ariel Miranda
Hear me out on this. Most of you might be thinking James “The Big Maple” Paxton here. Had he not gone on the DL, he would be a no-brainer. But he did go on the shelf for a while and since he has been back, he has not been as dominant.
The only pitcher who has not missed a start the entire season, pitched a complete game this season and has gone at least into the 7th inning at least five starts is Ariel Miranda. He has answered the bell time and time again. Are his numbers that of an ace or All-Star worthy? No. His ERA is at 4.11 and is towards the top of the league with 18 home runs allowed. Put all those numbers aside and understand he was not even a part of this rotation during Spring Training. When Drew Smyly went down, he stepped up.
He has given the Mariners a chance to win just about every time out. He sometimes went above and beyond. The aforementioned complete game, when he perplexed the Tampa Bay Rays on June 4th. He struck out nine and only allowed one run on four hits. In his most recent start, he went 7 1/3 innings and kept the Mariners in the game. He leads the team by a large margin in innings pitched with 92.
He also leads the team in quality starts (a start of at least six innings with three or less earned runs) with six. He has been a pleasant surprise in a pitching staff infected by injuries and under-performance.
Honorable Mention: James Paxton (5-3, 3.44 ERA, 79 Ks)