The past week wasn't the best one for early NL Cy Young Award favorites. Four of the five pitchers we had listed as top contenders a week ago had their worst starts of the season.
Did that knock them down a peg in our rankings? You'll have to click ahead and see for certain. But each of the five hurlers have been so outstanding in their first six-to-eight starts that their numbers still look quite impressive.
Yet there still seems to be a lack of veteran star power here. It's still early in the season, but maybe this is indicative of what's to come. Maybe some younger aces are ready to emerge and push out some of the old guard.
Two new pitchers break into our list of top-five candidates this week, one of whom a few commenters were touting seven days ago. His presence may have been overdue. But a closer look at their numbers calls into question how long they'll be ranked among the NL's top pitchers.
So admittedly, I might be screwing over the San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain to make a point. But that could very well change next week.
As we currently see it, however, these are the five leading contenders for the NL Cy Young Award.