Last week I took a look at the WAR and FIP leaders among American League starters in attempt to frame up the top contenders for the league's Cy Young Award after a little more than a month of the season. Now it's the NL's turn.
WAR Leaders (FanGraphs formula)
Wainwright took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start and has issues but four bases on balls in 58 2/3 innings.
Harvey has been the story early in the NL race, highlighted by a complete-game, 1-hit shutout that produced 12 strikeouts.
Kershaw is looking for Cy Young No. 2 and was at his best Tuesday with 8 2/3 shutout frames versus the Nationals, including 11 strikeouts.
The only game Zimmerman has allowed more than two runs was April 15 when he went the distance in a win over Miami.
Burnett leads the league in strikeouts and is leading the Pirates' staff into legitimate contention.
Shelby Miller, RHP -- St. Louis Cardinals: 1.5
Miller is the top rookie pitcher in the game this season.
The above six also lead the league in FIP, which removes defense from the equation.