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First-third awards - AL Cy Young

Yeah, it's a no-brainer, but let's look at a few lists anyway.

Top 10 in ERA

1. Zack Greinke - 1.10 in 82 IP
2. Jered Weaver - 2.26 in 75 2/3 IP
3. Edwin Jackson - 2.30 in 74 1/3 IP
4. Erik Bedard - 2.37 in 60 2/3 IP
5. Roy Halladay - 2.77 in 91 IP
6. Mark Buehrle - 2.91 in 74 1/3 IP
7. Cliff Lee - 2.96 in 82 IP
8. Josh Outman - 3.02 in 53 2/3 IP
9. Jarrod Washburn - 3.22 in 64 1/3 IP
10. Kevin Millwood - 3.23 in 78 IP

Halladay and Lee are the only pitchers here that have made 12 starts so far. The rest are at 10 or 11, except for Outman at nine.

Top 10 in VORP

1. Zack Greinke - 43.4
2. Roy Halladay - 31.3
3. Jered Weaver - 31.3
4. Cliff Lee - 28.5
5. Mark Buehrle - 25.7
6. Edwin Jackson - 25.4
7. Kevin Millwood - 23.0
8. Erik Bedard - 22.3
9. CC Sabathia - 21.1
10. James Shields - 20.8

Halladay's innings count boosts him here. Jackson, who has given up more unearned runs than any of the contenders (six), falls back a bit.

Top 10 in FIP

1. Zack Greinke - 1.57
2. Justin Verlander - 2.31
3. Roy Halladay - 2.76
4. Cliff Lee - 3.13
5. Felix Hernandez - 3.28
6. Edwin Jackson - 3.31
7. Gil Meche - 3.35
8. CC Sabathia - 3.51
9. Erik Bedard - 3.56
10. Jered Weaver - 3.57

Verlander soars once one tries to separate defense from pitching. I'm not sure I buy it, though: he really was that bad at the start of the season. Of course, he's been right there with Greinke as the AL's best pitcher over the last five weeks.

By virtue of that innings total, I think Halladay is pretty comfortably in second place right now. Third is a tougher call, with Weaver and Lee having the best cases. I'm giving the edge to Weaver, mostly because he's had a somewhat more difficult schedule.

First-third AL Cy Young

1. Greinke
2. Halladay
3. Weaver