A good pitcher can not only paint the corners with a good fastball, but he can also make hitters chase a breaking ball in the dirt with two strikes.
The most dominating pitchers can dazzle with their velocity and kill with their finesse.
The two pitchers that I picked to win the American and National League Cy Young Awards do just that.
Both of these players have kept their teams atop of their divisions in a wild pennant race down the stretch.
Zach Greinke of the Los Angeles Dodgers has often been in the shadow of his teammate, Clayton Kershaw, who was the 2014 NL most valuable player and Cy Young Award winner.
Greinke has been overwhelming Major League Baseball this year with his five above average pitches.
To this point, he leads all of baseball with a 1.65 earned run average and has struck out 185 opposing batters. He is second in the National League with 18 wins and started the last all-star game held in Cincinnati.
If the season ended today, Greinke would finish the season with the lowest ERA in a full season since Greg Maddux (1.63) in 1995.
Greinke has always been considered an elite pitcher. In fact, he has won the Cy Young before.
In 2009, Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award while pitching for the Kansas City Royals.
In that season, he won 16 games while striking out 242 batters and holding a 2.16 ERA.
Although Greinke pitches more to contact and has much fewer strikeouts than other pitchers in the conversation for this prestigious award, such as Jake Arrieta or Kershaw, he deserves the NL Cy Young Award for his numbers overall.
David Price, who was traded at the deadline from the underachieving Detroit Tigers to the surging Toronto Blue Jays, can become the second pitcher ever to win the Cy Young Award in a season in which he was traded, joining Rick Sutcliffe who was traded in 1984.
To date, Price is second in the American League with 17 wins. His stat line also includes a 2.34 ERA and 219 strikeouts.
This season, Price has been asked to pitch deep into ballgames. He has 11 starts in which he has pitched 110 plus pitches.
Since being traded, Price has been the hottest pitcher in all of baseball.
With the Blue Jays, Price is 8-1, with a 1.95 ERA and 81 strikeouts.
Four of those wins from the southpaw have come over the team chasing them for first place in the division, the New York Yankees.
Like Greinke, Price is also a previous Cy Young award winner.
Price won the award while pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2012.
In that season, Price’s stat line included 20 wins, 205 strikeouts, and a 2.56 ERA.
What makes Price so special is that he is a great clubhouse presence who will do anything and everything in his power to help his team succeed.