Clayton Kershaw had a strong season in 2017. It may not have been as dominant as years prior, but it was enough for him to win another National League ERA title. Unfortunately it was not enough for him to win his fourth CY Young award. National’s ace Max Scherzer took home his second consecutive Cy Young, while Kershaw finished second.
For Scherzer it was certainly deserving. Scherzer finished with a 16-6 record, a 2.51 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 200.2 innings of work. He walked only 57, allowed just 5.7 hits per nine and posted a stingy 0.9 WHIP. Kershaw was 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 175 frames. Despite missing significant time because of a back injury, he also collected 202 punchouts, and walked only 30 in 27 starts.
As far as the voting, Kershaw received 3 first place votes, and 25 second place votes to give him 126 overall. Scherzer got 27 first place votes, and 3 second place votes to give him a final tally of 201. Stephen Strasburg, Scherzer’s teammate in Washington finished third place with 81 votes. Former Dodger and turncoat Zack Greinke got 51 votes for fourth place. Big man Kenley Jansen finished in fifth with 22 votes. Alex Wood finished tenth with one vote. You can take a look at the final results below.
2017 NL Cy Young
|Max Scherzer, Nationals||27||3||201|
|Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers||3||25||1||1||126|
|Stephen Strasburg, Nationals||1||23||3||2||81|
|Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks||1||3||15||9||52|
|Kenley Jansen, Dodgers||2||5||6||22|
|Gio Gonzalez, Nationals||1||5||5||18|
|Robbie Ray, Diamondbacks||1||4||6|
|Jacob deGrom, Mets||2||2|
|Jimmy Nelson, Brewers||1||1|
|Alex Wood, Dodgers||1||1|