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MLB - US Sports: Five best pitchers in the MLB in 2022

We look at the five best pitchers that have lit up Major League Baseball so far this campaign in 2022. These starters are putting forward a very strong case to be named Cy Young award winner in 2022.

1. Tony Gonsolin (Los Angeles Dodgers)

Tony Gonsolin is unbeaten through his first 15 starts of the 2022 season. On Friday night against the San Diego Padres, he struck out eight and didn't allow a walk. The outing brought his season ERA down to a season MLB-best, 1.54.

Gonsolin was drafted by the Dodgers in the 2016 MLB draft and made his debut in June, 2019 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Baseball America named him 'Rookie of the Year' in 2020.

The 28-year-old is building a case to be named as starter for the National League in the All-Star game in July. He's been Los Angeles' most reliable starter this season, especially with the absence of Walker Buehler, who is out injured. Gonsolin is +1100 to win the NL Cy Young Award in the National League.

2. Shane McClanahan (Tampa Bay Rays)

McClanahan was born in Baltimore before moving to Florida. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft but turned down the opportunity to attend University of South Florida and play college baseball.

He was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays in the draft of 2018 and was added to the 40-man roster for the AL Wild Card series against the Toronto Blue Jays. McClanahan made his debut in the AL Division series against the New York Yankees, becoming the first pitcher to have made his debut in the postseason.

Last season, McClanahan threw 10-6 with a 3.43 ERA. This season the 25-year-old has a 9-3 record in 16 starts with a 1.74 ERA. He is +250 to win the AL Cy Young Award.

3. Sandy Alcantara (Miami Marlins)

Alcantara was aged just 17 when he was picked by the St Louis Cardinals as an international free agent. He was promoted to the Major Leagues in 2017 and used mainly as a closer, pitching in eight games.

Alcantara was then traded in the winter, along with three others for Marcell Ozuna to the Miami Marlins. He made his Marlins debut in June 2017 and hasn't looked back. He signed a new five-year deal worth $54 million in the winter and has been worth every penny.

The 26-year-old has an 8-3 record this season with a 1.95 ERA in 16 starts. He is +200 to win the NL Cy Young Award.

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4. Justin Verlander (Houston Astros)

The veteran pitcher is at it again. He's an eight-time All-Star and a World Series Champion in 2017 with the Astros. He's also won a Cy Young award twice and had three no-hitters.

The 39-year-old signed a one-year extension to his contract in the winter of 2021 following two years of inactivity due to receiving Tommy John surgery.

Rarely do pitchers return from surgery and get better, he went 624 days between Major League starts and tossed just six innings in the previous 269 days. Speaking to the official Astros' website at the start of June, Verlander said: "I have to look at this season as part of my rehab process. I think I'm going to have to really listen to my body, especially as the innings start to build-up."

Verlander has a 10-3 record this season after 15 games pitched. He has struck out 90 in 97.1 innings pitched, he has an ERA of 2.03. He is +300 to win a third Cy Young Award.

5. Joe Musgrove (San Diego Padres)

Born in El Cajon, California. Musgrove is a lifelong Padres fan and threw the franchises' first no-hitter last year against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field.

The 29-year-old was a World Series Champion in 2017 with the Houston Astros before being traded in a four-way switch to the Pittsburgh Pirates, which saw Gerrit Cole move in the opposite direction. In January 2021.

Musgrove was part of a three-team trade which saw his dream of playing for the Padres a reality. The righty was a revelation last season, he led the rotation in wins, ERA and strikeouts.

Musgrove has a 8-2 record this season with a 2.25 ERA in 14 games started. He has 92 strikeouts in 92 innings pitched. He is +550 to win the NL Cy Young Award in 2022.

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