There wasn’t a whole lot of debate when it came to this year’s National League Cy Young award. Clayton Kershaw was the man for the honors, and it wasn’t even close. Adam Wainwright came in second, while rookie Jose Fernandez came in third.
Kershaw received all but one of the first place votes, which is understandable when you consider that he led the NL with a microscopic ERA of 1.83 (lowest in baseball in 13 years). On top of that, the left-hander went 16-9, while striking out 232 and posting a WHIP of .915 over 236 innings of work. He was the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ Ace and one of the main reasons they were so tough to beat throughout most of 2013.
This marks the second time Kershaw has won the award, with the first time coming back in 2011. He also finished second in 2012.
“It’s unbelievable. It just vindicates everything I’ve done. I’ve been working so hard all these years to get better and better. I think I took a big step forward in 2013,” said Kershaw on his historic achievement.
I think we can all agree that he did take a big step forward this past season. Kershaw has been very good since debuting back in 2008, but he was flat out dominate in 2013. He flirted with an ERA around 2.00 back in 2011, but he got well below the mark and then some in his best season as a pro.
The Dodgers’ left-hander is no doubt thrilled with winning the Cy Young award for second time in his young career, but I liked the fact that he talked about winning a ring as his next goal. Individual awards are great, but the best players always value championships above all else.