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Top 5 Candidates for 2013 AL Cy Young Award

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Top 5 Candidates for 2013 AL Cy Young Award

AL Cy Young Candidates
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Along with all of the great hitting that was witnessed amongst American League clubs in 2013, nobody can deny that more times than not hitting was matched with great pitching.

Each and every year it seems as though the phrase "good pitching beats good hitting" becomes more relevant due to the solid performances coming from the mound. The 2013 MLB season proved to be no different, especially in the American League. While the National League pitching scene seemed to be dominated by those wearing Los Angeles Dodgers gear, the American League's top performances were more spread out in regards to their teams as well as what point in the game they were throwing the ball.

It's not often we get to see relief pitchers in the mix when it comes to a historic award such as the AL Cy Young. In 2013 we were graced with some unbelievable performances coming out of the bullpen, and that is part of the reason why this year's edition of the award seems to be a little bit more special. Relief pitching currently comes at a premium for most clubs, and this season proved to be no different. Relief pitching in the AL seemed to be nothing but lights out at points during the regular season.

Those pitchers being considered for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award are the types of pitchers that a team can rely on each and every time they take the stage. It's not often one can be declared as untouchable, but when it comes down to these five individuals, there aren't many guys who can put the barrel on the ball no matter how hard they try. They all have the ability to win games for their teams on their own. They are clutch, they are nasty and they truly can be considered untouchable.

Here are the top 5 candidates for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award.

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5. Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon
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Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics had a huge comeback season after being suspended due to PED use in 2012. Although he may not get the votes he deserves due to his previous suspension, he helped the A's to a second consecutive unexpected AL West division title.

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4. Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish
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Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers led all of Major League Baseball pitching, racking up an astonishing 277 strikeouts. Although he isn't the front-runner for the award, Darvish serves as a threat to win the AL Cy Young sometime soon in his very young career.

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3. Greg Holland

Greg Holland
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Greg Holland was absolutely lights out for the Kansas City Royals in 2013, posting a stellar 1.21 ERA and saving 47 games. Holland kept his team in many close games and helped lead them to their first wild card race in years.

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2. Koji Uehara

Koji Uehara
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Koji Uehara came on strong for the Boston Red Sox as soon as he was promoted to the closer position. Uehara continues to amaze the baseball world as he takes the mound late in games for the Red Sox during the World Series.

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1. Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer
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Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers is an obvious favorite for the AL Cy Young Award in 2013. His Major League Baseball leading 21 wins and solid 2.90 regular season ERA is enough to blow the competition away when the final voting begins. Scherzer led the Tigers to another AL Central Division Championship with his gutsy performances night in and night out.