Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was expected to run away with the National League CY Young, and he did collecting 29 of the 30 first place votes. Kershaw was far and away the best pitcher in baseball in 2013 leading the Major League’s with a 1.83 ERA, and the national league with 232 strikeouts as well as a 0.92 WHIP.
The bigger surprise was that Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer also ran away with the AL CY Young collecting 28 of the 30 first place votes.
Scherzer was dominant all season for finishing with an absurd 21-3 record and a 2.90 ERA, but the fact he got as many first place votes as he did with the season that Yu Darvish put together is pretty shocking.
Darvish won only 13 games, 8 less than Scherzer, and that was the likely deal breaker in Scherzer winning. Darvish though lost four games by the score of 1-0, becoming the 3rd pitcher since 1916, and the first since 1989 to have that happen.
If Texas had been able to get 1, even 2 runs, Darvish’s record could have improved to 17-5 significantly increasing his chances.
Aside from the what if’s, Darvish’s 277 strikeouts were the most since Randy Johnson struck out 290 in 2004, and the most by an AL pitcher since 2000. His 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings led all of baseball.
He led the AL holding opponents to a .194 batting average and 6.22 hits per nine innings. Darvish released a classy statement saying:
“It was an honor to be a finalist for the American League Cy Young award. Both Max Scherzer and Hisashi Iwakuma had tremendous seasons. Max is a very deserving winner.”
Scherzer deserved to win the award no question, but it’s clear it should have been much closer than it was.