MLB: Ranking The Potential NL Cy Young Candidates

1. Madison Bumgarner

Current 2016 stats: 10-6, 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 155.2 IP, 122 H, 38 BB, 174 K, .211 BAA

Projected: 15-9, 2.25 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 230.2, 181 H, 56 BB, 259 K, .211 BAA

Without the presence of Clayton Kershaw dominating the National League in every category, MadBum is the clear favorite for this year’s NL Cy Young honors.

The recently turned 27-year-old, and already three-time world champion, is having his best statistical year in the show. With all of his accomplishments, he has become one of the more consistent southpaws the game has seen and is on a fast track to Cooperstown if his profile continually grows.

The task definitely will not be easy, and Bumgarner will have to duplicate his first half performance at a nearly identical rate. However, if this pace indicates his final outcome, he should be able to edge Strasburg based on sheer effectiveness.

Edging a more than dominant opposition by nearly half a run in earned run average would be the ultimate difference maker.

Moreover, if the Giants have another impressive tear in them, the seven-year veteran should be able to pick up a few more victories than expected.

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