NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Matt Cain Falls from the Top, but How Far Down?

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: Matt Cain Falls from the Top, but How Far Down?
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Is Johnny Cueto the National League's best pitcher?

A new week brings a fresh set of rankings for the top NL Cy Young Award contenders. And a bit of upheaval comes with the new top five, as well.

We have both a new front-runner at the top of our rankings in addition to a new name breaking into the top five. This week's list also includes what feels like a controversial decision, and I'll be curious to see if readers feel the same way. 

One interesting sentiment that I've noticed among national baseball writers is growing support for reliever Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel to get Cy Young Award consideration. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about that, but maybe I have blinders on, focused more toward starting pitchers.

However, when you look at Chapman racking up 100 strikeouts in 53.2 innings, along with 19 consecutive scoreless appearances and 13 straight saves, he's definitely worth thinking about. He's not listed in this week's rankings, but I'm curious as to whether you think he should be.

Besides debating relievers over starters as Cy Young Award candidates, please feel free to discuss our updated list of the top five leading contenders for the NL version of the award. Your feedback can make a difference in how this list is put together. And there's plenty to discuss this week. 

All the statistics mentioned here are current as of Aug. 8.

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