Keuchel took home honors in the AL, edging out Toronto’s David Price and Oakland’s Sonny Gray. The 27-year-old lefthander led the American League in wins, with a 20–8 record, and also in innings pitched, with 232. In his fourth season, Keuchel recorded a 2.48 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 216 strikeouts, all career-highs.
Arrieta won the NL award, over Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers. He led all of baseball with 22 wins to just six losses, and went a remarkable 11–0 with a 0.41 ERA in his final 12 starts. The 29-year-old threw a no-hitter and also led MLB with four complete games and three shutouts. He finished with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236 strikeouts in 229 innings. His 0.75 ERA after the All-Star break is an MLB record.
The National League race was particularly close this season, after Greinke led the entire league with a 1.66 ERA and 0.844 WHIP in 222 2/3 innings pitched. He compiled a 19–3 record with 200 strikeouts, and strung together a scoreless-innings streak of 45 2/3. Kershaw, last year’s NL winner, led MLB with 301 strikeouts, becoming the first pitcher to do that since 2002.
- Jeremy Woo