The Cy Young field won't truly take shape until at least the second half of the season, but it's never too early to take a look at how things are shaking out so far.
Pitching generally reigns supreme in the early stages of the season, with hitters improving as they get more at-bats under their belt and the weather heats up.
This season has been no different, and a number of pitchers are enjoying some early-season dominance. A number of those thriving pitchers are the usual suspects, but there are a handful of surprises mixed in as well.
So here is a look at the top 10 Cy Young candidates, five from the NL and five from the AL, here at the first-quarter mark of the 2013 MLB season.
*Note: This article was written prior to Clayton Kershaw throwing 8.2 shutout innings and striking out 11 on Tuesday night against the Nationals. Prior to that start his numbers were very comparable to the guys I chose over him, but he now leads the MLB with a 1.40 ERA. Following that start, I would slide Kershaw up to No. 2 on the NL rankings and bump Madison Bumgarner off.