NL Cy Young Award Rankings: R.A. Dickey Knuckles His Way Toward the Top

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NL Cy Young Award Rankings: R.A. Dickey Knuckles His Way Toward the Top
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Should R.A. Dickey be the NL Cy Young Award favorite?

Was it incorrect to look at the race for the National League Cy Young Award as a two-man competition?

Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto appeared to be the two favorites for the award going into September. But R.A. Dickey still warrants strong consideration for NL Cy Young honors. Perhaps we gave the impression last week that he was no longer part of the race. If so, that was a mistake.

Pitchers who did throw their way out of contention this week—and perhaps for the rest of the season, depending on how they rebound—are Madison Bumgarner, Kyle Lohse, Jordan Zimmermann and Ryan Vogelsong. 

That leaves the following five pitchers (and three honorable mentions) as the top contenders for the NL Cy Young Award. These eight pitchers may be the leading competitors through September. 

Your responses and suggestions are always welcome in the comments. You can also reply to me on Twitter. My address is at the end of this article. Last week's rankings provoked quite a bit of disagreement, and that feedback often factors into how this list is assembled each week.

All the statistics mentioned here are current as of Sept. 6.

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