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Top 3 NL CY Young Picks
Written by Charles Dimino

It is never too early to start up a conversation about who will win some of the major awards at the end of the season.  I would like to take a minute to focus on the Cy Young Award in the National League.  Three guys (in my humble opinion) have a great shot at taking home the prize this season.  Here they are in order from top contender to bottom.


1)    Johan Santana (LHP-NYM) -  The Met ace has shined in his first two starts.  He has posted a 1 and 1 record with an ERA of 0.71 (not to mention leading the league with 20 strikeouts).  Santana has had five straight seasons of 15 or more wins and two hundred plus strikeouts.  Look for him (with the potent New York offense) to add onto the streak big time in 2009.

2)    Tim Lincecum (RHP - SF) -  I know in two appearances this season he has yet to pick up a win and his ERA is over seven, but the reigning Cy Young Award winner comes in at number two.  The Giant sensation said that he has notice a flaw in his delivery over his first two starts.  Expect Lincecum work out the error, and return to his 18 win 265 strikeout Cy Young form.


3)     Francisco Rodriguez (RHP - RP - NYM) -  The single season saves record holder has been perfect so far this season.  He has not given up a run, blown a save, and has only given up one hit.  It looks like Frankie has a great opportunity for success with the stout New York offense, acquisition of J.J. Putz, and a solid starting staff.  We could easily see a 50 plus save season from the new Met closer.

All of these guys have a good shot at taking home the top pitching award this season, but you never know with baseball.  The next NL Cy Young award winner could be pitching in Richmond right now.  That is the beauty of the game.  There is always that chance of someone coming out of nowhere to take the baseball world by storm.  Cliff Lee could tell you all about it.