It just broke a little bit ago – Corey Kluber and Max Scherzer have won the Cy Young award. First, let’s start with Kluber.
Corey Kluber finished the 2017 season with a very impressive 18-4 record and 2.25 ERA and beat out Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox and Luis Severino of the New York Yankees for his second Cy Young award. The voting wasn’t too tight and the clear winner was Kluber:
- Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians (204 points; 28 first-place votes
- Chris Sale, Boston Red Sox (126 points; two first-place votes)
- Luis Severino, New York Yankees (73 points)
- Carlos Carrasco, Cleveland Indians (43 points)
- Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers/Houston Astros (32 points)
There is no doubt that Kluber deserved this award with the lowest ERA, most wins and leading the best team in the AL. Chris Sale was just a step behind and really lost this down the stretch with an awful September and October leading the way for Kluber. Now, let’s talk about the NL winner, Max Scherzer.
Similar to Kluber, Scherzer dominated voting as well:
- Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals (201 points; 27 first-place votes)
- Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers (126 points; three first-place votes)
- Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals (81 points)
- Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks (52 points)
- Kenley Jansen, Los Angeles Dodgers (22 points)
Kershaw finished in second for the Dodgers but this was clearly the right choice with his 16-6 record and 2.51 ERA on the season for the Nationals. I am a little surprised to see Jansen on this list in 5th place because we all know a reliever will probably never win this award this century.
Congrats to Kluber and Scherzer! Well deserved.