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2012 NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels and 10 Dark-Horse Candidates

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2012 NL Cy Young: Cole Hamels and 10 Dark-Horse Candidates
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Spring training is the time of year when every team thinks they can win the World Series, every player thinks he can be the MVP and every pitcher thinks he can win the Cy Young.

In reality, though, not every team is good enough to win the World Series and not every player can win MVP or the Cy, so some favourites start to emerge. The Detroit Tigers, Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies are all spoken of as championship contenders, while Roy Halladay, Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw are in the conversation for Cy Young favourite.

However, there are always dark horses in the race. You might not think they have much chance—indeed you might not think they have any chance at all—but how many people thought Justin Verlander could be AL MVP in 2011?

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