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Top 5 Candidates for 2013 NL Cy Young Award

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Top 5 NL Cy Young Candidates

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The 2013 National League Cy Young Award race is proving to be a lot different than it has ever been before. Normally there are a group of outstanding pitchers from all over the NL that deserve to win the prestigious award. This hasn't necessarily been the case after this season, or since the All-Star Break for that matter.

The Los Angeles Dodgers were the best team in baseball after the 2013 All-Star Break and went from zeros to heroes as their pitching stepped up and perhaps even saved Don Mattingly's job as their manager. The team ended up clinching the NL West Division Championship and proceeded to make it to the NLCS where they ultimately lost to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Their pitching was virtually unstoppable as they quickly brought themselves out of the basement to the top of the standings. At least three out of their five starting pitchers could make a case for winning the NL Cy Young Award. However, there are a couple of other worthy contenders that still stand in their way, one of which is still playing for a World Series title.

The fact that the Dodgers have such a solid rotation from top to bottom shows that they will be competitive for years to come as long as their bats can catch up with their arms. For now, even though they failed to meet their goal of becoming World Series Champions, they will look to one of their starters to bring home the NL Cy Young Award.

Dominated by Dodgers pitching, here are the top 5 candidates for the 2013 NL Cy Young Award.

Jonny Adornetto is a Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jonnyrants, "Like" him on Facebook and add him to your Google network.

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5. Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke
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Zack Greinke had a very solid first season with the Dodgers, earning 15 wins and posting a solid 2.63 ERA, good enough for fifth best in all of baseball.

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4. Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu
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Hyun-Jin Ryu lived up to the hype that surrounded him upon making his way to MLB. Dodgers pitching didn't slow down with Ryu, as he was able to earn 14 runs while sporting an even 3.00 ERA.

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3. Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright
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It's no surprise that Adam Wainwright is on this list as he gave batters a tough time all season long while winning a league's second best 19 games for the Cardinals in 2013.

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2. Craig Kimbrel

Craig Kimbrel
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Other than a few very small mistakes here and there, Craig Kimbrel was pretty much untouchable as he secured 50 saves for the Atlanta Braves and posted an incredible 1.21 ERA in 2013. After Mariano Rivera's retirement, he is the best closer in baseball.

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1. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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There's no argument that Dodgers pitching was led by the steady arm of Clayton Kershaw. Not only does Kershaw deserve the NL Cy Young, but he also makes a case to be considered for the NL MVP Award as well.