No Cy Young for Chris Sale

The southpaw's been great, but Verlander and Felix have more value

Updated: September 2, 2012, 3:13 PM ET
By Eric Seidman | FanGraphs
Chris Sale and Justin Verlander Getty ImagesChris Sale has had an exceptional season, but Justin Verlander is a better Cy Young candidate.

The Chicago White Sox hold a one-game lead over the Detroit Tigers in an up-for-grabs AL Central division. The finale of the three-game weekend series in Detroit pits respective aces Chris Sale and Justin Verlander against one another on "Sunday Night Baseball."

Sale has been a major reason the White Sox have held the division lead for this long, leading to speculation that he could dethrone Verlander -- the 2011 AL Cy Young award winner -- by winning pitching's top award this season.

While the 23-year-old lefty has turned in a fantastic season -- especially considering it's his first in the starting rotation -- his award prospects should be tempered.

The Cy Young race isn't a two-man battle to begin with, but even if it was, Sale wouldn't be an equal to Verlander.


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