Predicting Top 5 MLB ERA Leaders By End of 2014

Predicting Top 5 MLB ERA Leaders In 2014

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The MLB ERA race is a tight one at the moment. There are several established aces making a run for the best ERA in baseball. Many will contend, but only one can truly win. The following five pitchers have a good chance to finish within the top five in baseball, and if things break their way, possibly lead the league in that category. Read on to find out who they are.

5. Henderson Alvarez

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5. Henderson Alvarez

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Henderson Alvarez may not play for a great team, but the beauty of ERA is that it doesn't matter what team you pitch for. His ERA currently sits at a very impressive 2.43, which makes him fourth in the Majors. The only problem is that he is just percentage points ahead of Cole Hamels in that department. One bad start by Alvarez or a string of good starts by Hamels could see Alvarez drop to fifth in the league, which is what I believe will happen.

4. Adam Wainwright

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4. Adam Wainwright

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As for Adam Wainwright, his ERA currently sits at an even 2.40. He has been dominant most of the season. Unfortunately for him, he has struggled a bit lately, raising his ERA on the season from 1.92 to 2.40 in less than a month. Ultimately, I still see him finishing fourth, slightly ahead of Henderson Alvarez, but I don't see him beating out the top tier talents who are currently ahead of him.

3. Cole Hamels

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3. Cole Hamels

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Right now, Cole Hamels has an ERA of 2.44, which puts him fifth in the Majors. However, he has been one of the hottest pitchers in baseball since June 1, lowering his ERA from 4.01 to 2.44 in that span. He probably won't be able to lead the league in ERA after starting the season off rough, but I can still see him finishing within the top three if he can continue to pitch well down the stretch.

2. Johnny Cueto

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2. Johnny Cueto

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Most years the way he is pitching, Johnny Cueto would have already locked up the ERA title. However, he is still .20 ERA points behind the pitcher with the best ERA in the league. It may not seem like much, but at this point in the season, ERAs don't tend to fluctuate as much. He has second place pretty much locked up barring an awful September, but first place is probably out of his reach at this point.

1. Clayton Kershaw

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1. Clayton Kershaw

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The thorn in Johnny Cueto's side, Clayton Kershaw is far and away the best pitcher in baseball. He has an unbelievable 1.86 ERA this season and is showing no signs of slowing down. Barring some kind of unforeseen slump, Kershaw should lead the MLB in ERA, although the race will be tight.

Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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