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Why the slow start for Cy Young winners?

It’s been a slow start to the season for the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey.
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It’s been a slow start to the season for the Blue Jays’ R.A. Dickey.

When defending Cy Young winners David Price and R.A. Dickey face off against each Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Fla., they’ll be happy to have turned the page on April.

Price finished the month 1-2 with a 5.21 ERA and went winless in his first five starts, the worst opening to a season by a Cy Young winner since Frank Viola was winless in his first seven in 1989.

Dickey was 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA and left his one outstanding outing with a sore back and neck.

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Some of the worst and best Aprils by Cy Young winners since MLB started awarding winners in each league in 1967:

APRILS TO FORGET

PlayerYearTeamApril W-LApril ERATotal W-LTotal ERA
CC Sabathia2008Cle./Mil.1-47.7617-102.7
Frank Viola1989NYM0-45.2613-173.66
Randy Jones1977SD1-45.886-124.58
Jim Hunter1975NYY1-35.7123-142.58
Dennis Eckersley1993Oak.2/5*5.9136/46*4.16
*saves/save opportunity

APRILS TO REMEMBER

PlayerTeamYearApril W-LApril ERATotal W-LTotal ERA
Randy Johnson2000Ari.6-00.9119-72.64
Jim Palmer1977Bal.3-10.9620-112.91
Pedro Martinez**2000Bos.5-01.2718-61.74
Dwight Gooden1986NYM4-01.2617-62.84
Tim Lincecum2010SF4-01.2716-103.43
** won Cy Young again