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Updated Top 5 Candidates For 2014 NL Cy Young Award

Updated Top 5 Candidates For 2014 NL Cy Young Award

Clayton Kershaw
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As we enter the the middle of August, it's now time to look at the Cy Young Award candidates in the National League. There are a number of pitchers who could make a legitimate argument to be named the best pitcher in the league, but here are the top five candidates.

5. Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu
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5. Hyun-JIn Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu
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He's not the left-handed pitcher that you'd expect from the Los Angeles Dodgers, but Hyun-Jin Ryu is having an impressive season. He is 13-6 this season with a 3.28 ERA. He is one of the lesser-known pitchers on the Dodgers squad, but he may be one of the most important.

4. Doug Fister

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4. Doug Fister

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Doug Fister has quietly had an outstanding season with the Washington Nationals. It's amazing how effective he can be once he gets some run support. Fister is 12-3 this season with a 2.34 and a WHIP at 1.07. He's not going to overpower hitters, but sinker is as good as any pitch in the game.

3. Adam Wainwright

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3. Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright
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Adam Wainwright is tied for the league lead in wins with 14 with Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto. Wainwright also boasts a 2.34 ERA, which is outstanding. Any other year, he would be the favorite to bring home the Cy Young, but there are two other pitchers who are having historic years.

2. Johnny Cueto

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2. Johnny Cueto

Johnny Cueto
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The Cincinnati Reds haven't had a great season, but Johnny Cueto sure has. He is 14-6 with a 2.05 ERA and a WHIP of 0.91. He has a WAR of 5.2, and at points this season, he has been unhittable. His numbers are incredible, and he has pitched 43 more innings than the No. 1 guy on this list.

1. Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw
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1. Clayton Kershaw

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I don't think there is any debate here. Clayton Kershaw is 14-2 this season with a 1.78 ERA. That's an insane number. He's the best player in the game, and he makes hitters look foolish with his mid-90s fastball and devastating curveball. Unless he has a serious meltdown down the stretch, the award is Kershaw's to lose.