Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux, Clayton Kershaw, Sandy Koufax, Pedro Martinez, Jim Palmer, Tom Seaver.
Scherzer became the 10th pitcher in MLB history to win at least three Cy Young Awards on Wednesday night, snagging 27 of the 30 first-place votes. Kershaw finished second, picking up the remaining three first-place votes, while Scherzer’s Nationals teammate Stephen Strasburg came in third place.
A third Washington starter, Gio Gonzalez, placed sixth. The three Nats finished with 300 total voting points; the other seven pitchers to receive votes combined for 210 points.
Despite Scherzer’s previous dominance, the case can be made that 2017 was actually his best season. He set career lows in ERA (2.51) and WHIP (.902) while going 16-6 over 200.2 innings. His 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings were also a career high.
Scherzer’s Cy Young Years
2013: 21-3, 2.90 ERA, .970 WHIP, 240 strikeouts, 56 walks, 214.1 innings
2016: 20-7, 2.96 ERA, .968 WHIP, 284 strikeouts, 56 walks, 228.1 innings
2017: 16-6, 2.51 ERA, .902 WHIP, 268 strikeouts, 55 walks, 200.2 innings
Looking at those numbers, you could legitimately argue each of his Cy Young seasons has been better than the last, which is amazing.
This marks the third season in a row a Nationals player has won one of the top two awards for the National League, with Scherzer winning the Cy Young last season and Bryce Harper winning MVP in 2015.
If Scherzer wins another, he’ll become just the fifth pitcher ever to win four or more Cy Young Awards, unless Kershaw beats him to it. Only Clemens (7), Johnson (5), Carlton (4) and Maddux (4) have done it so far.
The Indians’ Corey Kluber picked up the Cy Young Award for the American League, winning his second in four years.
Personally, and this is just one guy’s opinion, I think the Nationals made a smart investment in Max Scherzer.