I know. I know. Vanfossan, you're really going out on a limb here. The title of the article is the 'favorites' and the contenders for each award. There is no reason to believe that Roy Halladay will not win his third Cy Young award and his second in a row. The statistics are unbelievable: nine complete games, four shutouts, 219 strikeouts, 250.2 innings pitched and 21 wins. Enough said.
Cliff Lee: Lee, the most prized free agent pitcher of the 2011 options, re-signed with the Phillies after nine month sabbatical in the American League. The 2008 Cy Young award winner should pick up even more wins this year facing team's number two pitchers. His numbers, when he's on, are just a notch below Halladay's. If Lee could harness his playoff performances the past two seasons over the course of the regular season, Halladay may have company from the man right behind him.
Tim Lincecum: "The Freak" is an annual contender for the Cy Young award and rightfully so. He already has two awards in 2008 and 2009 and has had a fantastic spring. The only thing against Lincecum is his ability to finish games that he starts. Of course this is all in comparison to Halladay who almost finished half of the games he started.
Clayton Kershaw: This may be the year that Kershaw puts everything together. The Dodgers have always had a long line of pitching talent and Kershaw is no exception. He has the potential to put up Cy Young caliber numbers as shown with his 2.91 ERA and his 212 strikeouts. The problem he has is in the win column. 13 wins got Felix the award last year but Kershaw needs at least 18-20 to even be considered in the dominate N.L pitching ranks.