The 2014 MLB Cy Young Awards were very different this year one was won by a unanimous vote, the other was a very tight race.
The National League Cy Young Award winner, Clayton Kershaw, is practically a household name at least among baseball fans while only the more dedicated fans or those in the midwestern United States would know the name of the American League 2014 Cy Young Award winner, Corey Kluber.
Clayton Kershaw, who you all know (unless you’ve been living under a rock) is the left-handed ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, had an unbelievably magical year.
The 26-year-old southpaw was virtually un-hittable posting a 1.77 ERA on the year. He went 21-3 in 27 starts. Kershaw threw six complete games including a shutout and a no-hitter that was as close to perfection as they come.
Kershaw lost the perfect game bid on a fielding error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez. The error made it so that Kershaw, although he never allowed a hit or a walk, faced one batter over the 27-batter minimum thus robbing him of what some believe to be one of the most perfectly pitched games in baseball history.
This was Kershaw’s third Cy Young Award in the past four years. He’s only been in the league for seven.
Kershaw won the vote unanimously. Coming in second and third in the N.L. voting were Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals.
The big surprise came in the American League. 28-year-old Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Corey Kluber edged out Seattle Mariners’ starter “King” Felix Hernandez who already has two Cy Young Awards of his own and Chicago White Sox left-hander Chris Sale.
Kluber cruised along under the radar for a lot of 2014 until many of us began predicting who would win certain awards. His name was apparent as he was consistently in the top five in almost every major statistical column.
Kluber led the A.L. in starts with 34 and tied for the league lead with 18 wins. Overall in 2014 Kluber went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA. He pitched three complete games, one of which was a shut out.
It was a shock to many that the “King” did not take home the Cy Young this season but he did struggle a bit down the stretch, his team missing the postseason by a single game.
Sale was stellar all year too but the voters went for the relatively unknown right-hander from the Indians.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) November 12, 2014