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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Dempster Leading the Way

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Dempster Leading the Way
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Will Ryan Dempster be in a Cubs uniform by the end of the 2012 season?

Last week, when putting together our NL Cy Young Award rankings, we noted the lack of star power on the list. Where were the aces?

Well, the list is still missing some of the familiar marquee names typically included in a discussion of the best pitchers in the league. But it's still early in the season, and we could very well see familiar names like Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw and Tim Lincecum push into these rankings in the weeks and months to come.

Oops. Spoiler alert. No, those pitchers aren't currently on our list of NL Cy Young contenders. 

Right now, however, two ace hurlers look to be pulling away from the rest of the pack. One is sort of a surprise, while the other was expected to be among baseball's top pitchers. Just maybe not this soon. 

Here are the five current leading candidates for the top pitching honor in the NL.

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