Clayton Kershaw won the 2011 NL Cy Young award due to his stellar pitching triple crown season, but Roy Halladay finished as the league’s runner-up.
Halladay won 19 games, posted a career-best 2.35 ERA, and posted a phenomenal 7.30 strikeout to walk ratio, while finishing with a league-best eight complete games.
Halladay garnered four of the 32 first-place votes and finished with 133 points to Kershaw’s 207. It was the sixth consecutive season Halladay finished in the top five in Cy Young award voting. He’s won the award twice – including last year, and placed second on two other occasions.
Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA) placed third with 90 points. Lee led the National League with 238 strikeouts and six complete games. Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79) finished fifth with 17 points.