Loaiza, Hudson top AL Cy Young race

Our ESPN experts weigh in with their thoughts on which big-name player is most likely to be traded.

Originally Published: August 27, 2003

The question: Who are your AL and NL Cy Young winners right now?

Peter Gammons
NL Cy Young: Dodgers closer Eric Gagne by a hair over Braves closer John Smoltz.

AL Cy Young: A's starter Tim Hudson barely over White Sox starter Esteban Loaiza. Hudson is No. 2 in ERA to Red Sox starter Pedro Martinez, No. 1 in quality starts (Loaiza is second) and No. 1 in lowest OPS allowed. And if the A's bullpen hadn't blown six leads, he'd be the winningest pitcher in the AL.

Joe Morgan
NL Cy Young: I don't believe closers Eric Gagne or John Smoltz should win the NL Cy Young unless someone else falters. If Russ Ortiz continues to win, he deserves the Cy Young. Ortiz became the majors' first 18-game winner Sunday, and to me wins are the most important criteria for the award. Starters deserve more consideration because they log more innings -- for a closer to get a save, a starter must put him in position to do so. And every time Gagne has entered a tie game, he's lost the game.

AL Cy Young: The race in the American League is too close to speculate about. No candidate has separated himself from the pack yet. To me, it's just too close to call right now.

Tony Gwynn
NL Cy Young: 1. John Smoltz; 2. Eric Gagne; 3. Russ Ortiz.

Smoltz and Gagne have been unbelievable out of the bullpen. I don't give more weight to starters, and as good as Ortiz has been, no starter has been as dominant as both Smoltz and Gagne.

AL Cy Young: 1. Esteban Loaiza; 2. Tim Hudson; 3. Roy Halladay.

Hudson has pitched better than his record, while Halladay has tailed off some lately. But Loaiza has been the surprise anchor of the rotation for the division-leading White Sox.