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The Detroit Tigers' Max Scherzer won the American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday. In the NL, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw took the honor. Neither is a big surprise, though, as each had a stellar season while leading his team to a division title.
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Cy Young award winners?
Pitching was king in baseball this year, as the absolute dominance of starters in the playoffs showed in dramatic fashion. It's a new era in MLB, where offense is hard to come by and pitchers are having a blast. Several pitchers, however, clearly stood out among the rest. Our experts gave their choices for the American League and National League Cy Young awards. Do you agree? Cast your votes now!
Max Scherzer is having a great season -- there's no one out there who will really dispute this. 209 strikeouts and a 2.88 ERA are ace-level stats. It's Scherzer's win-loss record, however, that may be skewing the way he's viewed. He's 19-2 after a rare loss to the Red Sox last night, and it's been pointed out that, as good as Scherzer has been this season, his amazing record may largely be due to the Tigers' league-leading 5.79 runs per game in support of him. Manager Jim Leyland wasn't having any of the suggestion, saying that he ''didn't believe in any of that stuff,'' but you have to admit that getting a near-guaranteed five runs every time you start is going to put your mind at ease if you're a pitcher.
By comparison, Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has a lower ERA than Scherzer, but only has a 12-7 record. That might be due to receiving a half-run less support per game than Scherzer.
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