Allow me to introduce you to Kristopher Beachy. he doesn't get a lot of publicity (probably because he doesn't play for the Yankees), but he's actually the best pitcher in the majors this year - and it's not even that close.
Here's his picture, just so that he's a little more recognizable in the future:
<img src="http://dl.dropbox.com/u/16554982/braves/krisbeach.gif" height=150>When you check into his stats, Kris B's numbers are actually pretty awesome (since as we know, the W-L totals don't always tell the whole story):
22 Starts, 13-6 record. 198 innings, 170 K's (7.7 per nine), 50 BB (a nice ratio of 3.4:1), ERA 1.77 (best in the majors by 0.75 of a run!*). WHIP is 0.96 with a single hit batsman. Fangraphs gives KBeach a total WAR for the year of 6.3. Verlander is sitting at 6.0. King Felix 5.2. Gio 5.0 (last night didn't help).
* - among pitchers over 120 innings. There's some kid named Medlen with a 1.62, but he only has 117 innings. ...merely a pretender.
Kristopher Beachy is awesome.