Heading into the final week of the season, Tampa Bay ace David Price and Washington ace Gio Gonzalez are tied in the standings for the Warren Spahn Award, which is given to baseball's top left-handed pitcher.
Price's start last week vaulted him to the top, but Sunday's start against the White Sox put him in the tie.
If they finish the season tied, the tiebreaker is the pitcher's win total.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw won the award last season along with the Cy Young Award. He is quickly falling behind in his bid to repeat.
The standings are determined by averaging the total of each ranking for the pitcher in wins, ERA and strikeouts among left-handers. Here is a breakdown of the unofficial standings for the award through Sunday with left-handed rankings in parentheses for each category:
1. David Price, Tampa Bay, 20 wins (2), 2.56 ERA (1), 205 Ks (4), 2.33 Spahn Average
Price allowed two earned runs in seven innings against the White Sox on Sunday as the Rays kept their slim playoff hopes alive.
1. Gio Gonzalez, Washington, 21 wins (1), 2.89 ERA (3), 207 Ks (3), 2.33 Spahn Average
Leads the majors in wins and is a strong candidate to start Game 1 of the playoffs for the Nationals.
3. Cole Hamels, Philadelphia, 17 wins (T4), 3.05 ERA (T4), 216 Ks (2), 3.33 Spahn Average
Hamels finished his season strong with six innings Sunday against Miami in which he allowed just one run.
4. Chris Sale, Chicago White Sox, 17 wins (T4), 3.05 ERA (T4), 192 Ks (6), 4.66 Spahn Average
Allowed five earned runs on Saturday against the Rays. He is set up to face Detroit's Justin Verlander in Game 163 if the Tigers and White Sox finish in a tie for the AL Central title.
5. Clayton Kershaw, L.A. Dodgers, 13 wins (T12), 2.58 ERA (2), 221 Ks (1), 5 Spahn Average
Nearly unhittable Friday against the hapless Rockies. Hip injury seems to be just a minor hiccup.