Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber Win Cy Young Awards

Indians' Corey Kluber named American League Cy Young Award winner

Corey Kluber Wins 2017 AL Cy Young Award

Kershaw finished second overall with 126 points and three first-place votes.

Nationals ace Max Scherzer won the Cy Young Award on Wednesday for the second straight year and third overall, beating out Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw and Washington teammate Stephen Strasburg.

While he was not ready to make the Opening Day start, Scherzer posted a 2.94 ERA in an otherwise healthy April, settling back in at the top of the rotation with a 2.10 ERA in the season's first half, earning the start for the National League at the All-Star Game.

Kluber, who previously won the Cy Young Award in 2014, was also limited by injury in 2017, but he came roaring back from an early back issue to storm past Boston ace Chris Sale in the AL Cy Young race. Both took losses in the decisive fifth game of a division series, at home, to end their season - Kluber as a starter, Scherzer in relief.

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Scherzer joins Kershaw as one of 10 pitchers to win the award at least three times, joining Kershaw. Kluber helped the Indians to an AL-best 102-60 record this season while compiling an 18-4 record with 2.25 ERA and 265 strikeouts in 203 2/3 innings.

Kluber was named victor of the 2017 honor on November 15. Strasburg missed almost a month from the second half of July into the middle of August, but he was arguably the best pitcher in baseball after his return. Kluber earned 28 of the 30 first-place votes, and Sale got the other two. 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.

Throughout the month of August, Kluber posted a 5-1 record with 54 strikeouts and only six runs allowed over 46.0 innings of work. In August and September it soared up to.620 and then.875. The Nationals are perfectly content to have a three-time Cy Young victor anchoring their pitching staff.

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