Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was named the winner of the National League Cy Young Award Wednesday. Corey Kluber of the Indians won the American League award.
Kershaw won the Cy Young for the second straight season and the third time in four years. He finished second in the voting in 2012.
The left-hander led the majors in a variety of categories. He had an MLB-best 21 wins, a 1.77 ERA, 0.857 WHIP, 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings and six complete games. Kershaw also threw a no-hitter on June 18. He is widely considered the leading candidate for the NL's Most Valuable Player Award, which will be announced Thursday.
Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds finished second in the voting, followed by the St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright.
Kluber had a significantly stronger second half of the season, recording a 3.01 ERA before the All-Star break and a 1.73 ERA after it, and finished by averaging 13 strikeouts over his final three starts of the season. He finished the year with a 2.35 FIP (fielding independent pitching), the best in the AL.
- Dan Gartland