Max Scherzer is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young
Max Scherzer is the favorite to win the NL Cy Young Finalists for Major League Baseball’s major awards were revealed Monday night. The Washington Nationals have 67 percent of the field for the National League Cy Young Award, thanks to Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg joining Clayton Kershaw as the final three candidates.
No Washington players made it to the final three in any other award category a year after it had finalists in four categories. But, it’s still worth a look at who can walk away with the awards next week. We’ll skip National League Rookie of the Year, since Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger should be an unanimous winner. And, unlike Rookie of the Year, two of the other three categories are extremely tight. Today, we start with the Cy Young Award:
If Scherzer wins, he will become just the sixth pitcher in history to win the award three times. He won in 2013 while playing with the Detroit Tigers, then again last season, his second with the Nationals. He is one of six players to win the award in both leagues. He also has a 20-strikeout game in his career, plus two no-hitters. Those things don’t weigh into this season, obviously, but show how expansive Scherzer’s pitching resume has become. Even if he wins this season, he would still be four wins behind Roger Clemens, who won the award seven times.