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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Ted Lilly, Lance Lynn Among Early Season Surprises

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Ted Lilly, Lance Lynn Among Early Season Surprises
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The Nationals' starting rotation has been outstanding, led by young ace Stephen Strasburg.

Where are the aces?

That could be the first question that comes to mind when looking at the leader boards of National League pitchers.  

Last year's NL Cy Young Award winner, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw, is pretty far down the list. You have to scroll a long way down to find Roy Halladay's name. Same goes for his teammate, Cliff Lee. 

At the top of the list instead are names like Joe Saunders, Jake Westbrook and Barry Zito. Yes, Barry Zito. 

Are these guys really Cy Young Award candidates? Probably not. One month into the season, we don't really know how good or bad these pitchers will turn out to be. Customary aces will likely rise back toward the top, while early-season breakouts will find their true level. 

That doesn't mean that we aren't seeing the emergence of a few new pitching stars. But this list of candidates will likely look far different than it does now.

In the meantime, here are five current Cy Young Award contenders.

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