Top 4 Candidates for NL Cy Young

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During the 2021 MLB season, there has been a lot of excellent pitching this season. Many players came out into their own and took the baseball world by surprise when these pitchers were pitching as well as they are. With the unfortunate injury of New York Mets ace, Jacob deGrom, the race for the National League Cy Young is now up for grabs. Before his injury, deGrom was in line to win the NL Cy Young and even the NL MVP with the numbers that he put up. However, due to how long he has been hurt, he is no longer in the running for the Cy Young award. Even with the loss of deGrom, there are still many talented pitchers in the NL and some more notably to take the NL Cy Young.

Walker Buehler

The young Dodgers superstar, Walker Buehler has been having an exceptional season. Buehler was already one of the brightest young stars in the MLB. However, this season he is truly coming into his own and showing that he is the future ace of the Dodgers organization. He has become utterly dominant on a Dodgers team that has a great mix of youth and experienced veterans, and Buehler put himself as one of the most valuable players on the Dodgers.

During the 2021 season, Buehler has been on fire. He has a 2.02 ERA, 178 strikeouts, 169 innings pitched, with a 13-2 record. Buehler has been nearly untouchable this season. He is a big reason why the Dodgers are as good as they are. Especially with Clayton Kershaw being hurt for a portion of the season, Buehler has stepped up to become one of the aces of the Dodgers rotation.

Brandon Woodruff

Brandon Woodruff of the Milwaukee Brewers has recently started to emerge as one of the great pitchers in the National League. The 2020 campaign is where the baseball world started to see glimpses of how good Woodruff could pan out in the MLB. However, it was this season where baseball fans are starting to witness the dominance that Woodruff brings to the mound every time he pitches.

This season, Woodruff has emerged as one of the aces in Milwaukee. He has an 8-7 record, a 2.38 ERA, 177 strikeouts, and 151.1 innings pitched. Milwaukee has the best record in the NL Central, the third-best record in the NL, and the fourth-best record in the MLB. A large part of this is because Woodruff has been so good on the top of their rotation. When you have a guy like Woodruff who can pitch as well as he does, the team as a whole is going to have a lot of success.

Zack Wheeler

Zack Wheeler has been one of the biggest surprises during this MLB season. Last year, the Phillies signed him to a 5 year $118 million contract. At the time, it seemed like it was a large overpay on the end of Philadelphia. During that time it was debatable that Wheeler deserved a contract that big. However, this season he has earned every penny of that large contract. Wheeler has been utterly dominant during this season. He has been the biggest bright spot in a Phillies rotation that has seen its struggles this season.

During the 2021 campaign, Wheeler has an ERA of 2.90, a record of 10-9, 204 strikeouts in 176.2 innings pitched. Wheeler leads MLB in strikeouts and is continuing to rack up outings where he is getting double-digit strikeouts. Wheeler is finally coming to show the MLB that he is one of the better strikeout pitchers this season.

Corbin Burnes

Brandon Woodruff shouldn’t be the only Milwaukee Brewer considered for the Cy Young award. Corbin Burnes has been absolutely exceptional this season. The one-two punch of Burnes and Woodruff has been phenomenal for the Brewers organization. The fact that they have 2 starting pitchers that are going to be in NL Cy Young contention is why they are having so much success this season.

Burnes this season has been untouchable this season. This was the season where it all came together for Burnes and he is showing how elite he can be for the years to come. For the 2021 season, Burnes has a 8-4 record, 2.30 ERA, 180 strikeouts in 133 innings pitched. Burnes has been a dream come true in Milwaukee as his elite pitching, along with Brandon Woodruff is propelling Milwaukee to be competing for a pennant.

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