Scherzer, Indians' Kluber win Cy Young Awards
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[November 16, 2017]
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) - Washington Nationals ace
Max Scherzer won his second consecutive Cy Young Award as the
National League's top pitcher on Wednesday while Corey Kluber of the
Cleveland Indians took home American League honors.
Scherzer earned 27 of the 30 first-place votes from members of the
Baseball Writers' Association of America to finish ahead of Los
Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw, 201-126.
For Scherzer, who led the NL with 268 strikeouts and ranked second
in ERA (2.51) and fourth in wins (16), it marked the third Cy Young
Award of his career having also won it in 2003 while playing for the
AL's Detroit Tigers.
Scherzer said he was on "cloud nine" after becoming only the 10th
pitcher to win the award at least three times.
"This one is special. When you start talking about winning it three
times, I can't even comprehend it at this point in time," Scherzer,
33, said on a conference call.
"It's such an unbelievable feeling and unbelievable moment that you
really won't process it until about a year later, that's kind of
what I found by winning these things."
Kluber returned from a back injury that limited his starts early in
the season and put together a stunning second half to overtake
Boston ace Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young Award race to capture the
award for the second time in four seasons.
The Indians right-hander led the AL in wins (18) and ERA (2.25) and
was rock-solid during his team's AL record-setting 22-game win
streak from late August to mid-September.
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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Max Scherzer (31) pitches in the
fifth inning during game five of the 2017 NLDS playoff baseball
series against the Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park. Brad Mills-USA
He earned 28 of 30 first-place votes for 204 points compared to 136
for Sale, who seemed to be a lock for the award until struggling
over the final two months of the season.
Kluber said it was unfair to say if this year's honor meant more
than the one he first earned in 2014 but did acknowledge that a
second Cy Young Award does offer benefits.
"For me personally, it kind of validates the first one," Kluber, 31,
told a conference call.
"It's also just another way to kind of find that reassurance so that
when you are going through hard times, or struggling and trying to
work your way through things, you always want to have that
self-belief to fall back on."
Major League Baseball's awards week concludes on Thursday with the
Most Valuable Player Award for each league.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ian Ransom)
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