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2014 MLB Awards: Top 10 AL Cy Young Candidates Through Two Months of Play

Top 10 AL Cy Young Award Candidates

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With an entire summer of baseball ahead of us and just two months of the MLB season behind us, it's time to look at the very early two-month mark candidates for the American League Cy Young award. Last year's winner was Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers. What are the chances he repeats?

Let's take a look at the top 10 AL Cy Young candidates and their stats through two months.

Honorable Mention: Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

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Honorable Mention: Anibal Sanchez, Detroit Tigers

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Anibal Sanchez is just an honorable mention on this list because he suffered a nagging injury that kept him out of a few starts so his stats don't qualify as tops in the league yet. He is putting together a nice run since coming back from the disabled list.

2014 Stats: 2-2, 2.15 ERA, 46 K, 0.89 WHIP in just 50.1 innings

10. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

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10. Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox

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Lester has become the ace of the staff -- along with John Lackey -- and he is proving to be just what the Red Sox need in order to make another deep playoff run.

2014 Stats: 6-6, 3.15 ERA, 95 K, 1.19 WHIP

9. Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics

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9. Scott Kazmir, Oakland Athletics

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It has been years since Scott Kazmir's name has even been relevant, but 2014 has been a resurgent year for the veteran lefty who once made a name for himself with the Rays.

2014 Stats: 6-2, 2.40 ERA, 63 K, 0.99 WHIP

8. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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8. Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland Indians have never really been known for having a solid pitching staff, but Corey Kluber has come out of nowhere to become the ace of this year's staff and put the team's rotation on the map.

2014 Stats: 6-3, 3.23 ERA, 99 K, 1.22 WHIP

7. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

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7. Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels

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Jered Weaver is a guy who has the kind of stuff to be a Cy Young candidate and a dominant pitcher in this league, but he hasn't been able to stay completely healthy in the past couple of years. He's hoping for another season like he had in 2012 where he won 20 games and posted a 2.40 ERA.

2014 Stats: 6-4, 3.33 ERA, 57 K, 1.12 WHIP

6. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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6. Max Scherzer, Detroit Tigers

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Max Scherzer is the reigning Cy Young winner of the American League, so barring some sort of terrible start to the season, he had to make this list. Scherzer had a poor month of May, posting an ERA of over 5.00, but he will look to rebound and prove why he won the Cy Young in 2013.

2014 Stats: 6-2, 3.20 ERA, 89 K, 1.19 WHIP

5. Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

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5. Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics

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Sonny Gray isn't a household name just yet, but the Oakland Athletics' young top-of-the-rotation pitcher is making a name for himself; he will continue to do so as the Athletics prove to be the best team in the American League.

2014 Stats: 6-1, 2.45 ERA, 65 K, 1.15 WHIP

4. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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4. Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers

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Yu Darvish was just a couple outs away from recording his first career no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox just weeks ago and he has been shutting down American League batters ever since. Although he has just five wins, he's as close to unhittable as any pitcher in the league.

2014 Stats: 5-2, 2.08 ERA, 83 K, 1.08 WHIP

3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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3. Felix Hernandez, Seattle Mariners

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I wonder why Felix Hernandez is on this list. Oh yeah, because he's one of the most consistent pitchers in the league and he has been for the better part of a decade now.

2014 Stats: 8-1, 2.57 ERA, 91 K, 1.03 WHIP

2. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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2. Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays

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Mark Buehrle leads MLB in wins. Read that with me one more time. Mark Buehrle leads all of baseball in wins with an astounding 10 through two months of play. If there is anyone who deserves credit for making the most of what he has, it's Buehrle.

2014 Stats: 10-1, 2.10 ERA, 46 K, 1.19 WHIP

1. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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1. Masahiro Tanaka, New York Yankees

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Masahiro Tanaka has taken American baseball by storm after coming over the States from Japan this offseason. Everyone knew he was going to be good, but not many people thought he was going to be this good.

2014 Stats: 9-1, 2.02 ERA, 92 K, 0.96 WHIP

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