Chris Sale finishes 2nd to Corey Kluber for AL Cy Young award

Doug Mendoza
November 16, 2017

Once again, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is the National League Cy Young award victor. He received 28-of-30 first-place votes. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw finished second in the 2017 NL Cy Young voted while Scherzer's teammate Stephen Strasburg finished third. However, while Kluber got better as the season wore on, Sale got worse.

Scherzer is the first pitcher in either league to win back-to-back Cy Youngs since Kershaw in 2013-14.

Kluber, 31, led the AL with an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 0.87 and was tied for most wins at 18 to go with four losses. Luis Severino of the Yankees finished third. The 25-inning or so deficit was simply too much for Strasburg and Kershaw to make up in the Cy Young voting even though they were every bit as good as Scherzer on a rate basis.

For most of the season Sale was the overwhelming favorite to win the Cy Young, but he slumped down the stretch - Sale had a 4.30 ERA (4.33 FIP) in his final eight starts and 46 innings of the year - while Kluber surged, so Kluber won the award.

Chris Sale finishes 2nd to Corey Kluber for AL Cy Young award

He posted a 0.779 WHIP in July, while in August and September it kept rising, 1.054 and then 1.345.

The win was Kluber's fourth in the month of June and marked the sixth straight game in which he went at least six innings. After allowing 11 home runs through his first 21 starts, Sale gave up 13 in his last 11 starts.

Kluber dominated after missing almost all of May with an injury, going 15-2 with a 1.62 ERA while holding opposing hitters to a.162 batting average from June to the end of September.

Sale posted a 0.970 WHIP and 2.90 ERA.

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