A familiar ace, and an unfamiliar face, won the National and American Cy Young Awards on Wednesday.
Clayton Kershaw won his third National League Cy Young Award. The Dodgers ace went 21-3 allowing an anemic 1.77 earned runs per game and striking out 239 despite missing a month of the season. Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter in June against the Colorado Rockies.
Casey Kluber barely edged out King Felix to win the American League Cy Young Award. The Cleveland Indians starter boasted an 18-9 record with a 2.44 ERA during the 2014 campaign. He struck out 269 batters. Felix, who went 15-6, struck out 248 batters and compiled an American League best 2.44 ERA.
Kluber won 17 first-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) to Felix’s 13. The BBWAA voted unanimously for Kershaw.