NL Cy Young Award Rankings: R.A. Dickey Is More Than Novelty and Narrative

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: R.A. Dickey Is More Than Novelty and Narrative
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R.A. Dickey has 12 wins, tied for the major league lead.

It's been a week since we last posted our NL Cy Young Award rankings, but due to the All-Star break, we haven't seen much action from our top contenders. A couple of them haven't pitched since last week (though they appeared in the All-Star Game).

However, baseball's midseason break does provide a chance to review the first half of the season, rather than focus on a pitcher's most recent starts.

Johnny Cueto took over the top spot in our rankings last week because I felt he was pitching the best at that time. But was that an overreaction on my part? Was Cueto the best pitcher in the National League during the first half of the season when looking at the total picture?

Taking that into consideration, here are the top five contenders for the NL Cy Young Award at the midway point of the season.

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