Jake Arrieta was named the National League Cy Young Award winner by the BBWAA. Arrieta received 17 of the possible 30 first-place votes, 11 second place votes and two third place votes for a total of 169 points. Zack Greinke finished second with 147 points and Clayton Kershaw was third with 101 points.
The Astros’ Dallas Keuchel won the AL Cy Young Award over David Price and Sonny Gray.
Jake Arrieta is the first Cubs’ pitcher to win the NL Cy Young Award since Greg Maddox and joins Maddux (1992), Rick Sutcliffe (1984), Bruce Sutter (1979) and Ferguson Jenkins (1971) as the fifth NL Cy Young Award winner in franchise history.
The Cubs are the second team in the Major League history to have the Cy Young, Manager of the Year and Rookie of the Year in the same season. The 1983 Chicago White Sox were the only other team to accomplish the feat prior to this season (Lamar Hoyt, Tony LaRussa and Ron Kittle).
And this is the second time in franchise history the Cubs have had the NL Manager of the Year and the NL Cy Young Award winner in the same season. Jim Frey and Rick Sutcliffe took home the hardware in 1984. This is the first time since 1984, the Cubs have won three of the four major awards from the BBWAA. Jim Frey (NL Manager of the Year), Rick Sutcliffe (NL Cy Young) and Ryne Sandberg (NL Most Valuable Player) were recognized by the writers 31 years ago as being the best in the National League that season.
In 33 starts during the regular season, Jake Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 2.35 FIP. Arrieta gave up 52 runs, 45 earned, on 150 hits with 48 walks and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. Arrieta became the Cubs’ first 20-game winner since 2001 (Jon Lieber) as he held the teams in check for a majority of the season.
Arrieta made 11 six-plus inning scoreless starts, the most by a Cubs’ pitcher since 1914 and he broke the All-Time scoreless innings streak at Wrigley Field previously held by Bob Gibson (1965-66). Arrieta did not allow a run at Wrigley over his last 40 2/3 innings in his home park.
Jake Arrieta posted a 9-5 mark in 15 starts at Wrigley with a 1.97 ERA and 0.86 WHIP and in 18 road starts, Arrieta was 13-1 with a 1.60 ERA and 0.87 WHIP.
Jake Arrieta is the first pitcher in big league history to finish a season with 20-straight quality starts since ERA became official stat in 1913. And Arrieta became the fifth pitcher to earn at least 22 wins with no more than six losses and an ERA below 2.00 since the earned run became an official stat, joining Sandy Koufax (1963), Denny McLain (1968), Ron Guidry (1978) and Dwight Gooden (1985).
Before starting his historic stretch, Arrieta was 10-5 in his first 18 starts of the year with a 2.66 ERA and 0.99 WHIP.
Arrieta put together the best second half in the history of the game that included his first no-hitter on Aug. 30 at Dodger Stadium. Arrieta’s no-no versus the Dodgers was one of the most dominating performances in franchise history, second to only Kerry Wood’s 20-strikeout game in 1998.
Arrieta was 12-1 in 15 starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Arrieta allowed 12 runs, nine earned, on 55 hits with 23 walks and 113 strikeouts in 107 1/3 innings. Arrieta’s .075 ERA after the break with the lowest post All-Star break ERA in big league history. Arrieta was the National League Pitcher of the Month in August and September. And he did not allowed a run in his last 22 innings of the regular season.
Arrieta had an ERA of 0.41 from August 1 through the end of the regular season. Over his last 12 starts, Arrieta did not allow a run nine times, gave up one earned run twice and allowed two earned runs in one start.
The National League Cy Young, Rookie of the Year and Manager of the Year for the 2015 are Chicago Cubs.