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Predicting Top 5 MLB Wins Leaders By End of 2014

Predicting Top 5 MLB Wins Leaders In 2014

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With roughly a month and a half remaining in the 2014 MLB regular season, it's almost time to start looking at League Leaders in several important categories. As far as pitchers go, there are plenty of guys who have a chance to lead the league in wins, or at the very least finish within the top-five. The following five players have perhaps the best chance to do just that. Read on to find out who they are.

5. Doug Fister

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5. Doug Fister

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Doug Fister may not be in the same class as a guy like Clayton Kershaw, but he certainly has pitched like it this season. Despite missing time due to injury early on, he is still tied for 9th in the Majors (with many other pitchers) in wins with 12. The difference is that he has been lights out, is pitching for a team hotter than any in baseball and appears to be healthy. He has a legitimate chance to finish at least fifth in MLB in wins.

4. Johnny Cueto

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4. Johnny Cueto

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Cueto has been flat out dominant this season for the Reds. In fact, he is second in the Majors in ERA to Clayton Kershaw. However, despite the 15 wins he has, the Reds are quickly spiraling downhill. The team is 2-8 in the last ten games. If the Reds can't get it together, it is going to be extremely difficult for him to keep up his winning ways. For that reason, I believe he will finish fourth in the majors in wins by season's end.

3. Adam Wainwright

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3. Adam Wainwright

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Although Wainwright has been as good as anyone in baseball this year, the Cardinals as a whole have some issues at the moment. They lost their starting catcher Yadier Molina for most if not all of the remainder of the regular season, OF Allen Craig is in Boston and 2B Mark Ellis is dealing with some general soreness as well. He has 15 wins, but there is no guarantee he stays atop the majors given the Cards' adversity. I believe he finishes third.

2. Wily Peralta

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2. Wily Peralta

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When you think of elite pitchers in the game, the first name you think of probably isn't Wily Peralta. However, he has 15 wins, has pitched very well this season, especially lately, and the Brewers are a hot team at the moment, winning four straight games. He is simply in a great situation to pick up wins the rest of the way and is already tied for first in that category. Ultimately, I think he finishes just short in his bid for the league lead.

1. Clayton Kershaw

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1. Clayton Kershaw

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Not much needs to be said about Clayton Kershaw other than he is just filthy. He, like several others, has 15 wins, but he missed basically the entire first month of the season due to injury. The Dodgers have hit a rough patch lately, losing six of the last ten games, but when Kershaw is on the mound all bets are off. He has a legitimate chance of winning 20 games this year and should lead the Majors going away, barring injury. He's that good.

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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