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Scherzer finishes 5th in NL Cy Young voting

Nov 18, 2015, 7:11 PM EDT

USA Today

The results for the 2015 NL Cy Young award were announced on Wednesday night with Max Scherzer placing fifth in voting, his first year with the Nationals. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta edged out Dodgers star Zack Greinke to win the award for the first time in his career.

Scherzer ties Jordan Zimmermann for the second-highest finish for a Nationals pitcher. Zimmermann also placed fifth last season. Gio Gonzalez got the closest of any National after finishing third in 2012.

Scherzer has won a Cy Young before, taking the honors for the AL back in 2013 when he was with the Tigers. He was also fifth in AL voting last season. This is the third time in his career he has received votes.

Scherzer also earned an All-Star nod this season with the Nationals. He went 14-12 with a 2.79 ERA and a team-record 276 strikeouts in 228 2/3 innings.

The right-hander joined the Nationals in January when he signed the largest contract ever for a free agent pitcher, a 7-year deal worth $210 million. That was after spending five years in Detroit and two years in Arizona with the Diamondbacks.

Scherzer’s 2015 season was highlighted by two no-hitters. He threw his first on June 20 against the Pittsburgh Pirates on a day he came within one strike of a perfect game. He then threw another no-no in his final start of the season at New York. That was on Oct. 3 and he added 17 strikeouts along the way. He was the fifth pitcher in MLB history to throw two no-hitters in the same regular season and the first since 1973 (Nolan Ryan).

Houston Astros lefty Dallas Keuchel won the Cy Young award for the American League.

Here is a look at the full voting results for the NL:


  1. Joe Seamhead - Nov 18, 2015 at 7:16 PM

    Interesting that Matt Harvey didn’t receive any votes.

  2. Doc - Nov 18, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Max was robbed!

    The only stats that really count with goofy baseball writers would seem to be W-L record—so much for a great season with 2 no-hitters!!!

    We need to have a vote on baseball writers!

    • Eugene in Oregon - Nov 18, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      You’re being facetious, right?

  3. mwgchess - Nov 18, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    For starters I am a fan of ERA and Whip. I would give it to Greinke but Arrieta would definitely be the second choice. I think 4th or 5th would both be fair for Scherzer. It’s too bad that Scherzer’s debut season with the Nationals had so much great pitchers. He could definitely finish top 3 or even win in a different year.

    • therealjohnc - Nov 19, 2015 at 10:29 AM

      Yep. Dave Cameron at Fangraphs had a vote, and broke his reasoning down on the web site. He noted that, by pretty much every measure, Scherzer had the best season of his career and was certainly better than his Cy Young season with Detroit. He just ran into a year with some amazing pitching performances, particularly from the “big three” of Arrietta, Greinke and Kershaw. Still a great year, looking forward to seeing many more from Max.

  4. k286 - Nov 18, 2015 at 9:02 PM

    Now, we are on to the important award. Can’t wait for tomorrow!

  5. jfmii - Nov 19, 2015 at 9:12 AM

    5th is just about right. 1st if the final vote was at the all star break.

  6. nats106 - Nov 19, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    It’s hard to believe a guy who threw 2 no hitters (and one should be a perfect game) could only get 5th place balloting. Speaks highly of the quality pitching in the NL. Arrieta absolutely deserved to win. You could make a case for MVP as well, but that’s Harper’s to win.





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