Top 5 NL CY Young Candidates

Dan WelinCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2010

Top 5 NL CY Young Candidates

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    As the MLB season trudges along through the late months of the summer, the CY Young candidates in the National League are becoming clearer by the day. 

    All five of the guys that I have selected are currently tops in the National League in wins, strikeouts, ERA, and innings pitched.

    Tim Lincecum has won the award the past two seasons, but the way it looks he will not win his third consecutive.

5 - Tim Hudson

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    Tim Hudson is turning in one of his finest seasons of his career.  I consider him to be the dark horse in this conversation because he is overlooked by some young guns and a perfect game pitcher.

    He has been an integral part of the Atlanta Braves rotation failing to pitch 6 innings only twice this season.  He has provided the Braves with quality innings and has only allowed more than 3 earned runs twice. 

    Look for Hudson to keep the Braves competitive down the stretch, while making a case for the CY Young while he’s at it.

4 - Roy Halladay

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    Roy Halladay has transitioned exceptionally well into the National League.  He has also been a workhorse for the Phillies, throwing 8 complete games. 

    On top of that, Halladay has thrown arguably the least publicized perfect game in the history of baseball, but I guess that could be because he is expected to pitch that way. 

    Having already won an AL Cy Young, Halladay looks to become only the fifth pitcher to win a CY Young in both leagues.

3 - Ubaldo Jimenez

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    Ubaldo Jimenez was nothing short of spectacular in the first half of the season, so spectacular that he was selected to start the All Star Game. 

    He has also thrown a no hitter and at one point had a sub one ERA.  He has endured some rough starts as of late, but if he can regain his form from the first half, the CY Young is his.

2 - Adam Wainwright

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    Adam Wainwright has only failed to go 5 innings once this season and is currently sporting a record of 11-0 at home with a minuscule ERA of 1.22. 

    Without him, who knows where the Cardinals would stack up against the Reds in the NL Central standings.  After losing a tight vote last year, Wainwright is poised to win in 2010.

1 - Josh Johnson

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    Josh Johnson has been lights out this season, sporting a 10-4 record with a 1.96 ERA.

    Johnson has gone at least 5 innings in all of his starts this season with the highest amount of earned runs allowed being 5 in his latest start. 

    Besides that, he has given the Marlins a chance to win each time that he goes out.

The Final Stretch WIll Determine the Winner

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    While Ubaldo Jimenez was the early favorite with his great start, strong pushes made by Josh Johnson and Adam Wainwright have reopened the discussion.  Don’t forget about proven veterans that have been business as usual in Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson.

    As the standings currently show, Wainwright, Halladay, and Hudson are pitching meaningful games that have playoff implications.  Although Jimenez and Johnson aren’t in the same situation as those three that does not mean they are declared out of the conversation.

    This award is given to the best pitcher in each league.  Therefore, these final two months of the season are crucial for one of these give pitchers to claim the NL CY Young. 

    While Ubaldo Jimenez was the early favorite with his great start, strong pushes made by Josh Johnson and Adam Wainwright have reopened the discussion.  Don’t forget about proven veterans that have been business as usual in Roy Halladay and Tim Hudson.

    As the standings currently show, Wainwright, Halladay, and Hudson are pitching meaningful games that have playoff implications.  Although Jimenez and Johnson aren’t in the same situation as those three that does not mean they are declared out of the conversation.

    This award is given to the best pitcher in each league.  Therefore, these final two months of the season are crucial for one of these give pitchers to claim the NL CY Young.