NL Cy Young Award: Finalists and Prediction
The Los Angeles Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins have all three finalists in the NL Rookie of the Year race, and they can now stake claim to having all three finalists for the NL Cy Young award too. Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers leads the pack of finalists for the NL Cy Youn,g and is joined by Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and NL Rookie of the Year finalist, Marlins’ Jose Fernandez.
Fernandez is also a finalist for the NL Rooke of the Year award, so that just shows what kind of season this rookie truly had. Although Jose had a great season and was by far the most dominant pitcher for Miami, he is up against the two National League starting pitchers who were front runners for this award for a while now. Although Jose has a great chance at winning rookie of the year, his chances at a Cy Young are all but zero.
Wainwright was the only National League starting pitcher other than Kershaw that I have felt has a chance at winning the NL Cy Young. Adam finished the season with 19 wins, 219 strikeouts and a 2.94 ERA. Those are the stats of a pitcher who should win a Cy Young easily, but not this year.
The season Clayton put up should win him this Cy Young award hands down. Only six of the 33 times Kershaw took to the pitching mound weren’t considered quality starts. Clayton finished with 16 wins, but could have had at least 20 if the Dodgers’ offense gave him more run support earlier on in the season. For the first time since Greg Maddux did it, Kershaw was able to win back-to-back-to-back ERA titles. Clayton also led the National League in strikeouts and led the entire MLB in WHIP.
The results of the NL Cy Young award should be the easiest to predict. Fernandez did good as a rookie, but won’t finish higher than third here. Wainwright would likely win this award in any other season, but he will finish second to the front runner and soon to be winner, Kershaw.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org