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Cy Young award winners?

Pitching was king in baseball this year, as the absolute dominance of starters in the playoffs showed in dramatic fashion. It's a new era in MLB, where offense is hard to come by and pitchers are having a blast. Several pitchers, however, clearly stood out among the rest. Our experts gave their choices for the American League and National League Cy Young awards. Do you agree? Cast your votes now!

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Max Scherzer has been near perfect through his first 20 starts, notching a 19-1 record and on the brink of becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemons in 2001 to start the season 20-1. But does Scherzer's record mean he's a better pitcher than the MLB ERA leader Clayton Kershaw? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Baseball's best pitchers

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Athletics
14-5, 2.97 ERA

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks
13-4, 2.79 ERA

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Rangers
12-5, 2.68 ERA

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies
14-6, 3.28 ERA

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Marlins
10-5, 2.30 ERA

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

Dodgers
13-3, 2.86 ERA

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Mets
9-5, 2.27 ERA

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez

Mariners
12-8, 2.97 ERA

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers
13-8, 1.72 ERA

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees
11-10, 2.89 ERA

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Phillies
11-6, 3.07 ERA

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pirates
14-6, 2.74 ERA

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Braves
13-5, 2.99 ERA

David Price

David Price

Rays
8-5, 3.28 ERA

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

White Sox
10-12, 2.99 ERA

Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers
11-7, 2.61 ERA

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

Tigers
19-1, 2.73 ERA

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Tigers
12-10, 3.73 ERA

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals
15-8, 2.96 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Nationals
15-7, 3.32 ERA

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Baseball is the slowest of the major American sports, but only because its excitement comes in very short bursts. There's plenty of action to be had from the moment the pitcher winds up. SweetSpot blogger David Schoenfield has put together a list of the five most exciting players in baseball. How would you rate them? Submit your rankings now!

MLB's most exciting players

Miguel Cabrera

Yu Darvish

Andrew McCutchen

Yasiel Puig

Mike Trout

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Twice this season, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish has entered the eighth inning against Houston having allowed no hits. On both occasions, the Astros have played the spoiler. This time, it was Carlos Corporan breaking up Darvish's no-hitter with one out in the eighth inning on a home run.

It wasn't as dramatic as Darvish's brush with history in April, when he was one out from a perfect game. But there was a questionable balls-and-strikes call Monday that led to Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski being ejected. That naturally leaves us wondering what would have happened if Jonathan Villar had stuck out instead of walking and Pierzynski stayed in the game. Does it take a certain amount of luck to throw a no-no? And will Darvish, who clearly has the stuff to accomplish the feat, ever pull it off?




Better luck next time

Did A.J. Pierzynski getting tossed for arguing affect Darvish's no-hit bid? We'll never know, but we do know it helps to be lucky when throwing a no-hitter.

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Which of these factors is more important in throwing a no-hitter?

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Thrill of a lifetime

Rangers principal owner Nolan Ryan threw seven no-hitters but only appeared in one World Series. Both are great moments, but which would you prefer?

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Which career pitching highlight would you want most?

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Yu Darvish may be a bit of a workhorse, but the number of pitches he threw in Thursday's win over the Tigers seems a bit excessive. The Rangers were leading 9-4 in the sixth inning, with Darvish sitting at 106 pitches -- he proceeded to throw 24 more, coming out only after finishing the eighth inning. Darvish threw 127 pitches against the Red Sox just recently, and though he seems to not be suffering any ill effects, the last thing the Rangers would want to do is to blow out their expensive ace's arm on games that are already 90 percent won.

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