If you haven't followed baseball in a few years, now might be a good time to start. We may not have a team locally in Shreveport-Bossier any more, but one of our local products is absolutely killing in the majors right now. Former Parkway Panther & Centenary Gent Seth Lugo statistically is THE best pitcher in baseball. That's not hyperbole. That's not being a homer. That's just a fact. His start to the season has been nothing short of phenomenal and this point, he doesn't look to be slowing down any time soon.

Seth Lugo is Absolutely Filthy

If you haven't watched Seth pitch this year, I don't know if I can accurately describe to you just how good he's been. But, let me start here - we're only a quarter of the way through the season and he's just one win away from tying his highest win record for a season.

Oh yeah, he's also currently leading the league in wins, ERA and innings pitched. He's on pace to have a career high in strike outs. His hits per 9 innings is way down compared to last year. By every metric you can pull, he's one of the most consistently dominating pitcher in baseball this season.

Can Seth Lugo Win the Cy Young in 2024?

Right now, the biggest question mark with Seth Lugo (and the Royals as a whole) is this: can he keep this up? We still got several months to go before we get a conclusive answer to that, but right now, all signs point to 'yes'.

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And here's why I say that. I don't know if it's the pitching coach in Kansas City, working with a potential Hall of Fame catcher like Salvador Perez, that he's more comfortable in his second year being a full-time starter or what...but his stuff has been absolutely filthy this year. He's throwing his slurve more. His curveball is nastier than ever. His pitches have more movement to them than ever before. He's doing a REALLY good job mixing his pitches to keep hitters off-balance. I mean, he looks like a completely different guy on the mound. Not that he was bad before, but he looks more like Greg Maddux these days than his former self.

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He's efficient. He's dominant. He's going pitching deep into games. He's got everything working. In fact, if you compare Seth Lugo's numbers for his first 10 starts to AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole from last year over the same time frame, they are VERY similar.

Seth Lugo isn't a betting favorite. Not a lot of folks are buying into him yet. But, he's got the stats and he's got the stuff. I'm not a betting man...but if I were, those +2500 odds are looking pretty darn good.

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