Jul 31, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto (47) delivers a pitch during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

NL Cy Young Race: Could Johnny Cueto upset Clayton Kershaw?

The MLB season is reaching the final stretch and that means the end of season awards races are getting to the most crucial stages of the year.

Besides the MVP, perhaps the most historic and coveted award in baseball is the Cy Young as it’s an exclusive award for a single position and is a storied honor that pitcher strive for in their careers. Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw appears to be a lock for the award this year but he hasn’t won anything just yet.

According to MLB scribe Steve Adams, the NL Cy Young could come down to Johnny Cueto and Clayton Kershaw and it wouldn’t be the end of the world if Cueto upset Kershaw and took home the NL Cy Young.

You’ll probably see a lot of people saying Kershaw deserves it, but I’d vote for Cueto. Kershaw is the best pitcher in the game, but Cueto’s kept runs off the board better than most pitchers (repeatable or not), and he’s handily leading the league (and Kershaw in particular) in innings pitched.

Cueto had an amazing start to the season but Kershaw has bee impressive in ways that only Kershaw can be impressive and that’s why he’s the clear leader to win the award. There’s a chance that Cueto gets some votes but it’s not going to be a tight race in the least bit as Kershaw will run with the Cy Young and Cueto will end up getting more internal praise for the year he’s having.

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