MLB Power Rankings: The Top 5 Candidates for AL Cy Young in 2011

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MLB Power Rankings: The Top 5 Candidates for AL Cy Young in 2011
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We're fast approaching the halfway point of the 2011 MLB season. The first set of midseason recognitions—the All-Star selections—haven't yet been revealed, but that doesn't mean we can't start looking past that.

Each year, one of the most contentious end-of-season awards is the Cy Young, largely because of the disharmony surrounding pitching statistics.

Many voters are still stuck on the idea that pitchers' wins and losses are accurate reflections of talent instead of measuring the strength of his team's bullpen and the opponent's lineup and that luck in ERA always evens out over the course of a full season. Meanwhile, there are plenty of sabermetrics fans who quote esoteric acronyms without fully understanding what they mean.

This slideshow is how my AL Cy Young ballot would look if the season ended today, and I were a voting member of the BBWAA.

Feel free to disagree with my picks as long as you know that, in the end, I'm right.

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