By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night. He becomes the sixth pitcher to win the award in both leagues.
He previously won the award with the Detroit Tigers in 2013. Scherzer is the sixth person to win the award in both leagues.
He joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Gaylord Perry and Roy Halladay to win the award in both leagues.
“It’s such an accomplishment,” Scherzer said. “I mean, there’s so many people to thank — all my teammates, for going out and competing the whole season, for everything they did for me. I can’t thank them enough for everything they did.”
He beat out teammates Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Chicago Cubs. They finished second and third.
Last year, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw finished second and third. They were the first to do so since 2011 when Halladay and Cliff Lee finished second and third.
Scherzer was the only pitcher on every ballot and he received 25 first-place votes. He had a 192 points, while Lester had 102 and Hendricks had 85.
The 32-year-old pitcher went 20-7 in 34 starts this season, including one complete game. He had a 3.24 ERA in 228 1/3 innings and struck out 284 batters.
During the 2013 season when he also won, he had a 21-3 record with a 2.90 ERA over 214 1/3 innings.
“For the writers to choose me for everything I was able to accomplish this year, I’m so grateful,” Scherzer said on the MLB Network broadcast.