NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Matt Cain and Johnny Cueto Duel for the Top Spot

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Matt Cain and Johnny Cueto Duel for the Top Spot
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Johnny Cueto leads the major leagues with a 2.23 ERA.

Is it the blazing weather around the country? Something affected several of the leading contenders for the NL Cy Young Award over the past week.

That's just a presumption, of course, but we saw some uncharacteristically bad outings from a handful of aces. Several commenters voiced support for Cole Hamels in last week's rankings. But he followed with one of his worst outings of the season, allowing five runs and 10 hits against the Giants. 

Others were able to shake off the heat, however, and maintain their high level of performance. That might be an indication of who deserves the strongest consideration for the Cy Young Award at this point. 

As always, your suggestions are welcome in the comments and definitely play a role in how these rankings are put together. For this week, these five pitchers look like the top contenders for the NL Cy Young Award. 

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