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NL Cy Young Outlook

5/17/2013

Last week I took a look at the WAR and FIP leaders among American League starters in attempt to frame up the top contenders for the league's Cy Young Award after a little more than a month of the season. Now it's the NL's turn.

WAR Leaders (FanGraphs formula)

Adam Wainwright, RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals: 2.2

Wainwright took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start and has issues but four bases on balls in 58 2/3 innings.

Matt Harvey, RHP -- New York Mets: 1.8

Harvey has been the story early in the NL race, highlighted by a complete-game, 1-hit shutout that produced 12 strikeouts.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP -- Los Angeles Dodgers: 1.7

Kershaw is looking for Cy Young No. 2 and was at his best Tuesday with 8 2/3 shutout frames versus the Nationals, including 11 strikeouts.

Jordan Zimmermann, RHP -- Washington Nationals: 1.6

The only game Zimmerman has allowed more than two runs was April 15 when he went the distance in a win over Miami.

A.J. Burnett, RHP -- Pittsburgh Pirates: 1.5

Burnett leads the league in strikeouts and is leading the Pirates' staff into legitimate contention.

Shelby Miller, RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals: 1.5

Miller is the top rookie pitcher in the game this season.

The above six also lead the league in FIP, which removes defense from the equation.

Others also in the race after six weeks include Madison Bumgarner, Cliff Lee, and Lance Lynn. Stephen Strasburg shouldn't be counted out, either.