'Good night, Mr. Young': A's closer Blake Treinen on Cy-worthy run
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During a recent homestand, Blake Treinen was on his way out of the Oakland Coliseum when he passed by a security guard who addressed him as “Ty.” Although the Oakland Athletics closer was confused, he didn’t think much of it at the time. A couple of days later, Treinen walked by the same guard.
“Good night, Mr. Young,” said the sentry.
For a moment, Treinen was offended by the notion that the guard, someone he had almost daily interaction with, didn’t know his name. Then it occurred to him that previously, the guy hadn’t called him Ty, but rather Cy.
As in Cy Young.
With all due respect to Oakland’s game-day staff, Treinen will most likely not win the American League Cy Young award. Not in a year when Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell, he of the sub-two ERA and sub-one WHIP, has reached 20 wins in a breakout campaign. Not in a field that includes Houston’s Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, both of whom are flirting with the hallowed 300-strikeout mark. Not in a world where Zach Britton had arguably the best relief season ever in 2016 and couldn’t crack the top three in the Cy