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Top five Cy Young contenders in each league

Top five Cy Young contenders in each league
Published On: Wed, Sep 20
Apr 18, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets left fielder Eric Young Jr. (22) is unable to field a double hit by Atlanta Braves second baseman Dan Uggla (not pictured) in front of New York Mets left fielder Chris Young (1) during the eighth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Both the American and National League have clear contenders for their respective Cy Young Awards this season, but the outcome of each race is still murky as we head into the final weeks of the season.

Theres a lot to consider in the races for both leagues. Heres a look at the top five contenders for the Cy Young in each league.

American League

5) Dallas Keuchel, Astros

The neck issue that robbed Keuchel of two months worth of action also likely robbed him of any realistic chance to win the Cy Young award. The 2015 winner hasnt quite been as good as he was that year, but he hasnt been a lot worse, either, with a 1.12 WHIP and a 2.96 ERA. Prior to Justin Verlanders late arrival from Detroit, he was the undisputed staff ace. If not for that injury " and a couple of ensuing hiccups as he worked himself back into game action " hed be higher on this list.

4) Craig Kimbrel, Red Sox

Some people are hesitant to cast a Cy Young vote for a reliever, but in a year where the front-runners for the award are so obvious, those that arent will probably be backing Kimbrel. After all, Kimbrel has been the ALs best reliever this season. He has a 1.38 ERA, 121 strikeouts in 65 innings, 33 saves, and the second best WHIP of his career at 0.66. He may even be poised to strike out over 50 percent of the batters he has faced " a feat that only he has accomplished. Hes been dominant " walks are low, strikeouts are high, and opponents have only managed to hit .133 off him. Thats pretty close to untouchable.

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