Indians’ Corey Kluber And Nats’ Max Scherzer Named Cy Young Award Winners

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Wednesday was the third night of MLB Network’s presentations of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards, as both leagues’ Cy Young Award winners were announced.

For the American League, Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians took home the honor for the second time in his career (2014), beating runner-up Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox.

Kluber was 18-4 with a 2.25 ERA in 29 games/starts, including five complete games and three shutouts. In his first six starts, Kluber posted a 5.06 ERA before getting shut down for a month. He returned on June 1, and went 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA to close out the year (1.42 ERA in 12 August/September starts).

For much of the season, it seemed that Sale was the favorite to win. Especially because his strikeout totals were off the charts all year. However, his performance significantly dipped in the final two months, as his ERA rose from 2.37 to 2.90. Overall, Sale was 17-8 with 308 strikeouts in 32 starts.

Luis Severino of the New York Yankees finished third in the voting after a very solid year that saw him go 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 games/starts.

Representing the National League, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals won for the second straight year and third time overall (2013 AL winner for Detroit Tigers). In 31 games/starts, Scherzer went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA. Additionally, his 268 strikeouts, 0.90 WHIP, and .178 BAA were all tops in the league.

Scherzer beat runner-up Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and teammate Stephen Strasburg who finished third. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 27 games/starts, and Strasburg was 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 28 games/starts.

There you have it, your 2017 MLB Cy Young winners- and our picks here at HR Daily proved to turn out to be true.

Stay tuned for the final night of the BBWAA Awards on Thursday, as the Most Valuable Player for both leagues will be presented!