Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers were runaway winners in the balloting for this year's AL and NL Cy Young Awards (respectively).
Scherzer went 21-3, which may have been enough to win him the award no matter what his other numbers looked like (ooh, wins... shiny!), but it turns out his other numbers were fantastic, and he deserved this honor. Scherzer posted a 2.90 ERA in 214.1 innings, 240 strikeouts. His ERA+ was 145, while his FIP was 2.74. He led the AL with 6.4 fWAR, and had 6.7 bWAR (Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners led the AL with 7.0). The Indians really ought to trade for Scherzer, don't you think?
Scherzer received 28 of 30 first-place votes. Yu Darvish of the Rangers finished a distant 2nd, while Iwakuma was 3rd. Scherzer's teammate Anibal Sanchez finished 4th and picked up 1 first-place vote, Chicago's Chris Sale was 5th, also with 1 first-place vote.
Ubaldo was robbed!
Kershaw posted a fantastic 1.83 ERA, becoming only the third pitcher to lead MLB in ERA three seasons in a row (Lefty Grove and Greg Maddux being the others). Kershaw also led the NL with 232 strikeouts, and had a 194 ERA+ and 2.39 FIP. He led all pitchers with 6.5 fWAR and 7.9 bWAR. Kershaw also won the 2011 NL Cy Young, and finished 2nd in 2012. He's the best pitcher in baseball, and still only 25 years old.
Kershaw received 29 of 30 first place votes. Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals finished 2nd and had the other first-place vote, Jose Fernandez of the Marlins, who won the NL's Rookie of the Year Award on Monday, finished 3rd, followed by Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel and New York's Matt Harvey, who finished tied for 4th.
Here's a link to the BBWAA's website for full results, but be warned that when I tried earlier, it led to this:
Does anyone else have a blue alligator telling them they can't view the BBWAA's AL Cy Young balloting, or am I on some major league drugs?— Jason Lukehart (@JasonLukehart) November 13, 2013