MLB: Ranking The Potential NL Cy Young Candidates

2. Stephen Strasburg

Current 2016 stats: 15-1, 2.63 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 133.2 IP, 93 H, 38 BB, 161 K, .194 BAA

Projected: 22-1, 2.63 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 198.2 IP, 138 H, 56 BB, 239 K, .194 BAA

After signing a contract extension to remain in the nation’s capital long-term, Strasburg has re-emerged into what everyone hoped he could be.

Every five days, the Nats can rely on Strasburg to be an ace, a stopper, an intimidating and formidable presence. The 1-2 punch of him and Scherzer anchoring the rotation is a large reason Dusty Baker’s squad sits atop the NL East and, come playoff time, will be an asset for a franchise looking reach its first Fall Classic.

Analyzation of the 26-year-old’s campaign is simply wasted time. His numbers across the board are downright fantastic.

He currently leads the National League in wins, ranks fourth in strikeouts, WHIP, and BAA, and sits fifth in the chase for the ERA title. In fact, a late-season surge can potentially propel him from merely being a runner-up, to being a Cy Young award winner.

 Current NL Cy Young