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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Stephen Strasburg and the Top 5 Early Contenders

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Stephen Strasburg and the Top 5 Early Contenders
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Stephen Strasburg has been excellent this season.

Those who win the National League Cy Young award this season have a hard act to follow.

Last season, Clayton Kershaw won the NL Cy Young on the strength of a season that saw him go 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and a grand total of 248 strikeouts. He had competition, but Kershaw was the easy choice for the award.

So far this year, the Cy Young race in the National League is pretty wide open. Roughly 15 different pitchers have a legit shot at the award and narrowing down the favorite to win it is pretty difficult.

But that's exactly what we're here to do. In order, here are the top five contenders for the NL Cy Young award.

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