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

Top 10 NL Cy Young Candidates

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With two months of the MLB regular season already behind us, it's time to look forward to the long-stretch of summer that is staring us in the face. It might be too early to declare anyone a "favorite" to win the National League Cy Young award, but it's not too early to point out the top candidates.

Let's take a look at the 10 National League pitchers who have the best chance to win the Cy Young after two months.

10. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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10. Henderson Alvarez, Miami Marlins

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Not necessarily a well-known name, Henderson Alvarez has taken over the Marlins' pitching staff after the injury to Jose Fernandez. Don't sleep on the Marlins as they are currently tied for first place in the AL East.

2014 Stats: 3-3, 2.62 ERA, 45 K, 1.28 WHIP

9. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

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9. Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals

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Michael Wacha really made a name for himself in the 2013 postseason with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was dominant in his appearances last season and was a big reason the Cardinals made a deep run in October.

2014 Stats: 4-4, 2.61 ERA, 76 K, 1.08 WHIP

8. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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8. Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals

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Stephen Strasburg is one of those pitchers that everyone is waiting for to just break out and take over the league, but he's just not quite there yet. He is having quite the 2014 season, however, leading the league in strikeouts.

2014 Stats: 5-4, 3.10 ERA, 101 K, 1.25 WHIP

7. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

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7. Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

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Madison Bumgarner isn't a name I expected to be having a breakout season in 2014, but he's doing just that. The Giants have the best record in baseball and Bumgarner, along with the rest of the rotation, is a big reason for that.

2014 Stats: 8-3, 2.68 ERA, 90 K, 1.17 WHIP

6. Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers

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6. Kyle Lohse, Milwaukee Brewers

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The Milwaukee Brewers are one of the surprise teams in the league this year. Kyle Lohse is one of the surprise pitchers in the league this year and it looks like he will be a crucial piece to their playoff puzzle -- especially if they plan on holding off the Cardinals.

5. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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5. Julio Teheran, Atlanta Braves

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Julio Teheran is posting a sub-two ERA this season and no one is talking about it. If you have been watching the Braves play this season, they have been winning games because of the pitching as the offense has been a bit sluggish.

2014 Stats: 5-3, 1.83 ERA, 66 K, 0.93 WHIP

4. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

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4. Zack Greinke, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Zack Greinke is pitching like he's still playing for the Kansas City Royals -- yes, those were his prime pitching days. However, the veteran right-hander is performing better than he has seemingly since leaving Kansas City.

2014 Stats: 8-2, 2.50 ERA, 83 K, 1.13 WHIP

3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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3. Adam Wainwright, St. Louis Cardinals

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If you know anything about the St. Louis Cardinals, it's that they always have a top pitching rotation and there is always a dominant ace on that staff. Adam Wainwright has been just that for the past few years and he's not slowing down anytime soon.

2014 Stats: 8-3, 2.31 ERA, 89 K, 0.90 WHIP

2. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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2. Tim Hudson, San Francisco Giants

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Tim Hudson is another veteran pitcher who is performing seemingly better than he has in years. Hudson got a chance of scenery and it seems like that's all he needed.

2014 Stats: 6-2, 1.75 ERA, 50 K, 0.87 WHIP

1. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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1. Johnny Cueto, Cincinnati Reds

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Johnny Cueto is dominating everyone in baseball right now. He would win the Cy Young even if he was in the American League and he's been the best pitcher in the league this season.

2014 Stats: 5-4, 1.68 ERA, 92 K, 0.76 WHIP

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