Corey Kluber, Max Scherzer Win 2017 Cy Young Awards By Big Margins
Cy Young Award Winners 2017 News
The two pitchers celebrated in very different ways, however. Scherzer threw his arms in the air and screamed before kissing his wife in jubilation. Kluber, however, seemed rather stoic.
“Winning a second one maybe, for me personally, kind of validates the first one,” Kluber said.
Scherzer, the Washington Nationals’ fiery starting right-hander, has now won three Cy Youngs and two in a row. He earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Scherzer easily beat out Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, and said he would be drinking champagne.
Kluber won with 28 votes to beat Boston’s Chris Sale for his second AL Cy Young. His wife Amanda posted this photo of their family on Twitter:
— Amanda Kluber (@AmandaKluber) November 16, 2017
Scherzer was 16-6 with a career-best 2.51 ERA this year. The 33-year-old righty struck out a league-leading 268 for the NL East champion Nationals.
Kluber missed a month of the season with back pain. Nevertheless, he led the majors with a 2.25 ERA, and his 18 wins tied for the most in baseball. The 31-year-old helped Cleveland win the AL Central.
He and Minnesota’s Ervin Santana tied for the major league lead with five complete games. Scherzer and Kluber both struggled in this year’s playoffs, however.
Scherzer said he couldn’t even watch the League Championship Series, although he did tune in for the World Series.
“That will eat at me this whole offseason,” he said.
The final BBWAA honors will come Thursday when the MVP awards are announced in the AL and NL.
WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 11: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)