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Ranking the 5 Best Pitchers in New York
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The 2012 season has thus far been a successful one in New York, where both major league clubs approach the All-Star breaks at or near the top of their respective divisions.  

While many probably expected to see the Yankees in first place with their combination of quality pitching and an elite offense, I doubt anyone expected the young, inexperienced Mets to make any kind of statement.

However, what these two very different teams have in common is this; there is absolutely no chance they would be in the position they are in right now if not for the remarkable contributions of their respective pitching staffs.  

Both teams send some of the most talented pitchers in the league to the hill on a daily basis, and it's thanks to these pitchers that these teams continue to win.

So, which team has the best pitching?  How do all these talented men stack up?  Of all of the pitchers on both teams, which arm can be dubbed the most dominant of the Big Apple.  Will it be the majors' lone knuckler, or one of the former Cy Young-winning lefties?

*Please note that, taking into account their current injuries, I have excluded Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera from consideration for this list.  

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