Keuchel and Arrieta Cy Young Winners

Keuchel and Arrieta Cy Young Winners

Major League Baseball’s Cy Young winners were announced Wednesday night. The game’s most prestigious award for pitchers was given first to Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros, the American League’s Cy Young winner. Shortly after, Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs became the third Cub to win a postseason award by winning the National League’s Cy Young.

According to Keuchel received 22 first place votes totaling 186 points from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Keuchel was the only 20-game winner in the American League. Keuchel led all AL pitchers in innings at 232, WAR at 7.2 and WHIP at 1.02. Houston has not had a Cy Young winner since Rogers Clemens in 2004. Keuchel pitched a shut-out against the Yankees in the Wild Card game.

Jesse Rogers of ESPN stated Jake Arrieta received 17 first place votes totaling 169 points from the BBWAA. Arrieta led the lead in total wins in the 2015 season posting a 22-6 record with a 1.77 ERA. Over the final three months of the season Arrieta went 14-1 with 0.75 ERA, including a no-hitter in August against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Arrieta struck out 236 batters in 229 innings, he also led the league in complete games and shut outs. Arrieta gave up the fewest hits and home runs were nine innings.

In the American League, Toronto Blue Jay David Price finished second with eight first place votes totaling 143 while the Oakland Athletics’s Sonny Gray finished third. In the National League, Los Angeles Dodgers Zach Greinke had 10 first place votes for 147 points, and his teammate Clayton Kershaw finished third. Kershaw previously won three out of four NL Cy Youngs. Kershaw finished the season with 301 strikeouts, a 16-7 record, a 2.13 ERA and his team won the National League West.

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