To find out who's contending for the AL Cy Young Award in 2016, click here. Here are the candidates for the NL Cy Young Award:

5. SP Johnny Cueto, San Francisco Giants

After winning a World Series in Kansas City, Cueto signed a six-year deal with the Giants. So far, the deal is paying dividends for both sides -- he made his second All-Star team while going 18-5 with 198 strikeouts and a 2.79 earned run average.

4. SP Madison Bumgarner, San Francisco Giants

Despite giving way to Cueto at some points during the season, Bumgarner is still the main menace in San Francisco. "MadBum" made his fourth straight All-Star Game on his way to a season where he would strikeout 251 batters.

He earned the nod to face the New York Mets in the Wild Card game where he should be feared due to his incomprehensible postseason road record.

3. SP Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs

Nobody could've seen this coming from the man nicknamed "The Professor." Hendricks threw a few less innings than his fellow contenders, but led all qualified starters in baseball with a 2.13 earned run average. It was the first time in over seven decades that a Cub led the National League in the ERA race.

2. SP Jon Lester, Chicago Cubs

With Hendricks on the rise and last year's National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta faltering, an old star had to emerge in Jon Lester. In his second season over from the Boston Red Sox/Oakland Athletics, Lester made his fourth All-Star Game and went 19-5 with a 2.44 ERA, helping Hendricks solidify one of the Cubs' biggest weaknesses (if it can even be called that): the rotation.

1. SP Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals

Once a Detroit Tiger, Scherzer can't stop striking out opponents in the National League, recording 284 this season. While he made his fourth All-Star Game, this was the first time he led baseball in strikeouts and the third time he led his league in wins (20).

With Stephen Strasburg's injury problems, Scherzer had to step up all season, and did so. He also tied the record with 20 strikeouts in a nine-inning game against -- you guessed it -- the Detroit Tigers.

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