Scherzer went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings. He became the first Indians' pitcher to win the award twice, while Sale - who led the majors in strikeouts - saw his candidacy fail again. But over the course of his final 23 starts of the regular season, Kluber posted a 1.62 ERA with a.175/.213/.283 opponents' slash.
Earlier in the month, Kluber was named the AL's outstanding pitcher in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association. He's now the 10th pitcher in history to win three Cy Youngs, a group that includes Kershaw, Tom Seaver, Pedro Martinez, as well as Greg Maddux and Steve Carlton, who have four, Randy Johnson (five) and Roger Clemens (seven). In the 2017 season, he compiled an incredible 18-4 record with a 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts, the second-most of his career. Still, the Nationals' second ace rode a dominant second half to the best overall season of his career, going 15-4 with a 2.52 ERA and 1.015 WHIP. The Indians were ultimately stopped in the ALDS by the Yankees in five games.
Scherzer picked up 27 of 30 possible first-place votes, with Kershaw picking up the other three.
This is the second Cy Young for Kluber, who also took the award home in 2014 and finished third last season. Also receiving votes were Carlos Carrasco of the Indians, Justin Verlander of the Tigers and Astros, Craig Kimbrel of the Red Sox, Ervin Santana of the Twins, and Marcus Stroman of the Blue Jays. But just like Kluber and Scherzer, he ended his year with a thud. In August and September it soared up to.620 and then.875.