Poll: Red Sox ace Chris Sale is front-runner to win the American League Cy Young Award

Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has never won the Cy Young Award, but midseason polling shows that 2018 may finally be his year.

In a poll of MLB.com's Baseball Writers' Association of America members, who ultimately vote on the coveted award at the end of the season, Sale is far and away the favorite to win the American League Cy Young. He finished in second place last year behind Corey Kluber and has been in the top six vote-getters in each of the past six seasons.

Sale, who started Tuesday's All-Star Game for the American League, currently leads the AL in earned run average and leads all of MLB in strikeouts.

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Other candidates for the American League Cy Young include Houston Astros superstar Justin Verlander and the New York Yankees' Luis Severino.

New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom, who has also never taken home a Cy Young Award, is the favorite to win in the National League. Despite only having five wins so far this season, deGrom leads the majors in pitching WAR and ERA.

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies are also in the running for the NL.

The Cy Young Award is voted on and given annually to the best pitcher in both leagues.