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The AL Cy Young winner will be Chris Sale. There may end up being more deserving pitchers (amirite, Kate Upton?), but Sale’s ongoing dominance combined with his new address in Boston will sway voters in a perhaps-unfair way.
Zach Britton will pitch in a postseason game: Yes, the Orioles will make the playoffs again. And yes, Zach Britton will actually pitch this time. Buck Showalter wouldn’t make that mistake twice, would he? No, I don’t think so, either.
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