Clayton Kershaw was named NL Cy Young Award winner today after receiving 27 of 32 first-place votes. The left-handed starter led the NL in ERA (also best in the Majors), WHIP, strikeouts and H/9. He also tied Ian Kennedy for most wins in the league.
The Philadelphia Phillies' Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee finished second and third, respectively.
Kershaw used a dominant second half to secure the award: 12-1, 1.31 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 5.32 K/BB ratio.
Oh yeah, Kershaw did all this as a 23-year-old. He'll entering his age-24 season as the league's reigning Cy Young winner and arguably the best left-handed pitcher in baseball. He's also the anchor of the Dodger rotation.
Sabermatricians have an argument for Halladay over Kershaw, as he bested Kershaw in a lot of sabermetric categories:
- bWAR: 7.4 to 7.0
- fWAR: 8.2 to 6.8
- FIP: 2.20 to 2.47
- xFIP: 2.71 to 2.84
Kershaw is the first Dodger to win the award since Eric Gagne did so in 2003.
Past Dodger Cy Young Award winners:
1956: Don Newcombe
1962: Don Drysdale
1963: Sandy Koufax
1974: Mike Marshall
1981: Fernando Valenzuela
1988: Orel Hershiser
Quite the impressive list.
So, that's one award down. Hopefully I'll be penning another award-winning post (no, not that award-winning) in five days for one Mr. Matt Kemp.
Congratulations Mr. Kershaw. It was well-deserved and a pleasure to watch you work.