2012 Stats: 12-5, 2.97 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 160 K, 34 BB
Stephen Strasburg is arguably the most promising young pitcher in the game and at 24 years old, he has a great look at his first Cy Young Award in 2012.
Strasburg is currently eighth in the NL in ERA (2.97), ninth in WHIP (1.13), 11th in WAR (2.7), tied for sixth in wins (12) and first in strikeouts (160)
The only thing standing in Strasburg's way is his looming innings limit.
Thus far, Strasburg has pitched 127.1 innings. According to General Manager Mike Rizzo, the team will shut Strasburg down at 160 innings. Should that be the case, Strasburg would likely reach that limit sometime in his next five starts.
If Rizzo stays true to his word, Strasburg would have a maximum of 17 wins and, at the most, about 190 strikeouts.
I'm not sold either way, but Rizzo seems to be sold on shutting down Strasburg.
Should Strasburg finish the year, he's in line for 10 more starts against the Diamondbacks, Giants, Braves, Marlins (2), Cardinals (2), Mets, Dodgers and Brewers.
Strasburg's remaining opponents have a winning percentage of .513. Four of said starts are also within the NL East so his road to the Cy Young will not be easy.
He does have a chance at 20 wins (without an innings limit), and he'll eclipse 200 strikeouts but this and his candidacy for the Cy Young hinges completely on that innings limit.