Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks finish second and third in BBWAA voting for NL Cy Young Award … Max Scherzer wins 2016 NL Cy Young Award … Rick Porcello beats out Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for 2016 AL Cy Young Award
The Nationals’ Max Scherzer turned a sensational season on the mound into his second Cy Young Award. Scherzer won the AL Cy Young Award in 2013 while pitching for the Tigers. And Wednesday night he received his second top-pitcher award, first in the NL, in the last four seasons. Scherzer was 20-7 in 34 starts with a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 3.24 WHIP this past season. Scherzer allowed 77 runs, 75 earned, on 165 hits with 56 walks and 284 strikeouts in 228 1/3 innings.
The voting for the NL Cy Young Award actually wasn’t that close. Scherzer won as expected, but no one thought the gap would be as big as it was.
Max Scherzer received 25 first place votes and a total of 192 points. Jon Lester finished second to Scherzer but received only one first place vote and a total of 102 points. Kyle Hendricks was third with two first place votes and 85 points. Madison Bumgarner (46) and Clayton Kershaw (30) rounded out the top five. In fact, Kershaw received more first place votes (2) than Lester (1).
Jon Lester went 19-5 in 32 starts with a 2.44 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 3.41 FIP for the eventual World Series Champions. Lester was the NL Pitcher of the Month in June and September/October. And outside of Jake Arrieta’s historic run in the second half a year ago, Lester dominated after the break like few before him ever have. Lester was 10-1 in 14 starts with a 1.76 ERA and 0.93 WHIP.
For the season, Lester allowed 57 runs, 55 earned, on 154 hits with 52 walks and 197 strikeouts in 202 2/3 innings.
Kyle Hendricks led baseball in ERA (2.13) and finished the season with a 16-8 record in 31 games, 30 starts, with a 2.13 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 3.20 FIP. Hendricks gave up 53 runs, 45 earned, on 142 hits with 44 walks and 170 strikeouts in 190 innings.
Hendricks did not allow more than four earned runs in any of his 30 starts and allowed three earned run or less in 22 consecutive starts.
Kyle Hendricks won the NL Pitcher of the Month Award for August and last week received the Players Choice Award for NL Outstanding Pitcher.
The Red Sox’s Rick Porcello won the AL Cy Young Award, edging out Justin Verlander of the Tigers. Porcello received eight first place votes and a total of 137 points. Verlander had 14 first place votes and a total of 132 points. Corey Kluber finished third with three first place votes and a total of 98 points.
Rick Porcello, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer were rotation mates with the Tigers.
Porcello was 22-4 in 33 starts for the Red Sox this past season with a 3.15 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.40 FIP. Porcello allowed 85 runs, 78 earned, on 193 hits with 32 walks and 189 strikeouts in 223 innings.
Verlander went 16-9 in 34 starts with a 3.04 ERA, 1.00 WHIP and 3.48 FIP. Verlander allowed 81 runs, 77 earned runs, on 171 hits with 57 walks and 254 strikeouts in 227 2/3 innings.
Before his run in the postseason, Kluber was 18-9 in 32 starts with a 3.14 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 3.26 FIP. Kluber gave up 82 runs, 75 earned, on 170 hits with 57 walks and 227 strikeouts in 215 innings.