AL Cy Young Award Rankings: Chris Sale Falls as Felix Hernandez Continues Rise

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AL Cy Young Award Rankings: Chris Sale Falls as Felix Hernandez Continues Rise
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If there was an award for the most under-appreciated pitcher in baseball, Chicago White Sox lefty Chris Sale would be in line to win it in a landslide.

For that matter, Sale has been a major player in the American League Cy Young race for much of the season. For the past two months or so, he's maintained a steady presence at the top of my weekly rankings, either at No. 1 or No. 2.

Alas, Sale hasn't been the same pitcher since the All-Star break. As a result, this is the first time in a long time that he will not be featured at No. 1 or 2 in my rankings.

With Sale tumbling down the rankings, the race is more wide open than it's been in some time. The guy to keep an eye on now (and honestly, always) is Felix Hernandez. He's been on a roll for over a month, and he's having no trouble whatsoever advancing up these rankings from one week to the next.

Scroll ahead to see where Sale and King Felix landed in this week's rankings.

Note: All stats are as of the start of play on Tuesday, July 24, and they come from Baseball-Reference.com, unless otherwise noted.

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