5 Reasons Why Clayton Kershaw Will Win NL Cy Young Award

Reasons Why Clayton Kershaw Will Win NL Cy Young Award

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Clayton Kershaw is well on his way to another Cy Young award. As a young stud, Kershaw is already on pace to stack up several of the awards over his career if he can stay healthy. Based on this year's results, here are five reasons why Clayton Kershaw will win the 2014 NL Cy Young Award.

5. He Threw 41 Straight Scoreless Innings

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5. He Threw 41 Straight Scoreless Innings

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Stringing together several gems, Kershaw was able to unbelievably shutout opposing teams for 41 straight innings. He is as dominant as any pitcher has been in the history of baseball right now. Dominance like that generally leads to Cy Young awards.

4. He Threw A No-Hitter This Season

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4. He Threw A No-Hitter This Season

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Kershaw threw what was perhaps the most dominant no-hitter in MLB history earlier this season. He struck out 15 batters and walked zero. The only base runner reached on an error, so Kershaw pitched well enough to have a perfect game. Landmark performances like that help to cement Cy Young worthy seasons.

3. He Has An ERA Under 2.00

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3. He Has An ERA Under 2.00

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Kershaw's only major competitor for the award, St. Louis' Adam Wainwright is also the only notable pitcher with an ERA below 2.00. Dominating opposing batters consistently, Kershaw's ERA sits at 1.78, which is unheard of and just another reason he deserves to win his third Cy Young award.

2. He Has 11 Wins And Missed Time Due To Injury

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2. He Has 11 Wins And Missed Time Due To Injury

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Kershaw is 11-2 at the All-Star break and he missed a decent amount of time at the beginning of the year. This shows that he's pitching deep into games and getting decisions in most of them. The Dodgers are obviously winning most of his starts as it's becoming more and more rare that teams even post one run against him.

1. He's On Pace For 250+ Strikeouts

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1. He's On Pace For 250+ Strikeouts

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Last season Kershaw struck out 232 batters in 33 starts. This season he has 126 strikeouts in just 14 starts. Spread out over an entire season without injury, he would actually be capable of approaching 300 strikeouts. This dominance has rarely been seen in baseball history and that's why Kershaw is likely to claim his third Cy Young award in the past four seasons.

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