MLB Awards: Nationals' Max Scherzer named 2017 NL Cy Young winner

Once again, Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer is the National League Cy Young award winner.

Major League Baseball and the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Wednesday that Scherzer won his second consecutive NL Cy Young and his third career Cy Young. He won the AL award while with the Tigers in 2013. Scherzer is one of only six pitchers to win the award in both leagues.

Overall this season, Scherzer led the Senior Circuit in strikeouts (268) and WHIP (0.90) while going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA (177 ERA+) in 200 2/3 innings. His +7.3 WAR was second among all pitchers, trailing only Indians ace Corey Kluber. Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw finished second in the 2017 NL Cy Young vote while Scherzer's teammate Stephen Strasburg finished third.

Over on the American League side, Indians ace Corey Kluber was named the 2017 AL Cy Young award winner.

Scherzer is the first pitcher in either league to win back-to-back Cy Youngs since Kershaw in 2013-14. Kershaw actually had a much lower ERA than Scherzer this season (2.31 to 2.51), and Strasburg was basically dead even with Scherzer (2.52), but Scherzer won because of their innings totals.

  1. Scherzer: 200 2/3
  2. Strasburg: 175 1/3
  3. Kershaw: 175

Both Strasburg and Kershaw missed considerable time with injuries while Scherzer stayed healthy, for the most part. 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.

This is the third straight season two teammates have finished in the top three of the NL Cy Young voting. Scherzer and Strasburg did it this year, Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs did it last year, and Kershaw and Zack Greinke did it back in 2015, when Greinke was still with the Dodgers.

As a reminder, voting for all major awards takes place after the regular season and before the postseason. These are regular season awards only. The full 2017 NL Cy Young voting results can be seen at the BBWAA's site.    

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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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