Who's in the Race? The Leading Candidates for the NL Cy Young Award

Chris KentContributor IAugust 29, 2010

Who's in the Race? The Leading Candidates for the NL Cy Young Award

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    The latest NL Cy Young Award Race, depending on who you talk to, may be already under lock and key, or wide the bleep open.

    Here are the pitchers who may win the NL Cy Young Award....

    *Note: They are not in a certain order, as in 5 to 1, or 1 to 5, they are just leading candidates in the Cy Young Race. At the end, there will be honorable mentions for excellent pitching performances of this season, NOT Cy Young Award Candidates*

Every Fifth Day is a Halladay....

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    Widely regarded as the Best Pitcher in ALL of Baseball. Well, they have a valid argument.

    In 2010, Halladay leads the National League in Strikeouts, Complete Games, and Innings Pitched.

    Wins: 16, Earned Run Average: 2.22, Complete Games: 8, Innings Pitched: 207, Whip: 1.02, Walks: 25, Strikeouts per 9 Innings: 8.09, Avg. vs. Halladay: .240. 

     Halladay threw a perfect game against the Florida Marlins as well.

Wain So Wright, He Shall Do No Wrong....Adam Wainwright

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    Adam Wainwright, the co-ace of the Cardinals. Converted from Closer in 2007, and what a conversion it was....

    Wainwright currently leads the NL in Wins and Earned Average.

    2010 Statistics= Wins: 17, Earned Run Average: 2.18, Strikeouts: 171, Complete Games: 5, Innings Pitched: 190.1, Whip: 1.00, Walks: 47, Strikeouts per 9 Innings: 8.09, and Average vs. Wainwright: .213.

The Sinkerballer Tim Hudson

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    Hudson may win Comeback Player of the Year as well as NL Cy Young. Many are overlooking Hudson, but....

    In 2010, Hudson has 15 Wins, a 2.24 Earned Run Average, 109 Strikeouts, 1 Complete Game, 184.2 innings Pitched, 1.09 Whip, 58 Walks, and 5.31 Strikeouts per 9 Innings, with the Average vs. Hudson at .220.

Ubaldo Jimenez, Coors' Finest

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    He, for much of this year, was the king of the National League. Well, recently he has been shaky, but his royal April-June made up for his AWFUL June-August.

    In 2010, Ubaldo has the most wins in the NL with 17, a 2.71 ERA, 160 Strikeouts, 3 Complete Games, 176.1 Innings Pitched, with 69 walks, an 8.17 Strikeouts per 9 Innings Ratio, and the average vs, Jimenez is .210.

Carpentry is a Good Thing....Chris Carpenter

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    Chris Carpenter, the co-Ace of the St. Louis Cardinals....

    In 2010, Carpenter has 14 wins, with a 2.93 ERA, 144 Strikeouts, 190.1 Innings Pitched, 1.17 Whip, with 52 walks, a 6.81 Strikeout per 9 innings ratio, and the average vs. Carpenter is .242.

Josh Johnson (Insert Name Pun Here)

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    Well I ran out of name jokes for my title, so...

    Johnson was the "other pitcher" in the aforementioned Halladay Perfect Game, going 7 Innings and allowing 0 Earned Runs.

    In 2010, Johnson has 11 wins, a 2.36 ERA, 166 Strikeouts, 1 Complete Game, 171.2 Innings Pitched, 1.08 Whip, 42 Walks, an 8.70 Strikeout Per 9 Innings Ratio and the average vs. Johnson is .228.

Honorable Mentions

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    Honorable Mentions:

    San Diego's Mat Latos, 13-5, 2.29 ERA, 150 K's

    St. Louis' Jaime Garcia, 12-6, 2.33 ERA, 118 K's. Look out for him to be NL Rookie of the Year.

    Brew Crew's Yovani Gallardo, 11-6, 3.50 ERA, 165 K's

    'Stros/Phils' Roy Oswalt, 9-13, 3.12 ERA, 155 K's

    Cubs'/LA Dodgers' Ted Lilly, 8-8, 3.27, 117 K's

    'Stros' Brett Myers, 10-7, 2.97 ERA, 145 K's

    Mets' Johan Santana, 10-9, 3.02, 141 K's

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