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For the past several seasons, most would agree that Felix Hernandez (10-4, 2.53 ERA, 9.1 K/9) has been right on par with Justin Verlander for the title of best pitcher in the American League. He's been great again this season, and it will result in his second Cy Young award.
Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.02 ERA, 157 K) has a chance at 300 strikeouts, and as the bona fide ace of the Rangers he'll be as important to his team as any pitcher in the second half. Max Scherzer (13-1, 3.19 ERA, 152 K) was the talk of the first half, and even with some drop-off he'll be a candidate.
Chris Sale (6-8, 2.85 ERA, 131 K) has been a star for a bad White Sox team and is one of the brightest young players in the game.
Finally, Mariano Rivera (30-of-32 SV, 1.83 ERA) will no doubt get some extra attention from the voters in his final season if he keeps it up.
Top Five Voting Predictions
1. SP Felix Hernandez, SEA
2. SP Yu Darvish, TEX
3. SP Max Scherzer, DET
4. SP Chris Sale, CWS
5. RP Mariano Rivera, NYY