Corey Kluber is your 2014 American League Cy Young Award, beating out Seattle's Felix Hernandez in a close vote. Kluber received 17 1st-place votes, Hernandez received 13. Chicago's Chris Sale was a distant third, which is understandable, because while he had the best adjusted ERA (ERA) of any AL pitcher, he threw ~60 fewer innings than Kluber or Felix, and that's too wide a margin to overlook.
Last month I made the case for why Kluber deserved the AL Cy Young. Deserves sometimes have nothing to do with it though, and in that column I noted that I didn't expect Kluber to actually win. Happy to be wrong!
Here are some of the key stats:
Kluber had the edge in each version of WAR as well, including a margin of more than a full win at FanGraphs.
Going into 2014, Kluber was viewed by most Tribe fans as maybe a decent #3 starter, and was viewed by most of the rest of the world as a guy they'd never heard of. To go in a matter of months from that to being crowned as the very best pitcher in the American League is an incredible accomplishment.
It was one hell of a season for Kluber, one of the best in franchise history, and he joins Gaylord Perry, CC Sabathia, and Cliff Lee as Cy Young winners for the Indians.