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NL Cy Young winner should be landslide

September 26, 2013 - Andy Heintz
I have begun my research on MLB postseason awards and for my first installment I am going to look at the National League Cy Young.

It didn't take me long in researching the numbers that this vote should be a landslide. Part of the reason I am starting with this award is because it will take the least amount of time to type up.

To me, there are only two true candidates for this award and it really isn't even close between those two guys.

Here are the candidates and the winner. ...

1. Clayton Kershaw

15-9, 1.88 earned run average, 224 strikeouts, 230 innings pitched, .195 opponent batting average and 0.92 WHIP. Kershaw is fifth in wins but leads the NL in ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched and WHIP and is second in opponents' batting average.

2. Craig Kimbrel

49 saves, 96 strikeouts in 65 innings pitched, 1.95 earned run average. Opponents are also hitting just .167 off him and he has allowed nine earned runs in 66 innings.

The saves lead the NL and his earned run average is one of the tops among relievers. Only Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen and Trevor Rosenthal have struck out more in that role than Kimbrel. He continues to show why he is regarded as the best closer in the game today.

3. Adam Wainwright

17-9, 2.98 earned run average, 209 strikeouts, 229.1 innings pitched, .250 opponents batting average and a 1.08 WHIP.

The wins, strikeouts and innings pitched are all good for second in the NL. The opponents batting average though is pretty far down the line.

4. Jose Fernandez

12-6, 2.19 earned run average, 187 strikeouts, 172.2 innings pitched, .182 opponents batting average and a 0.98 WHIP.

Fernandez will get mentioned a lot in another award later down the line and would be more involved in the Cy Young if the rookie would have been called up sooner and got more innings. Even so, the earned run average is second, the opponents batting average is first and the WHIP is third.

Winner: Kershaw

This one is a no doubter. Kershaw could, should and will likely get votes for MVP. You may never find the wins to be impressive because the Dodgers offense has been just average since he got to the majors. He kept the Dodgers floating while the team struggled early. For that and a lot more, he will win his second straight Cy Young.


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