Kershaw went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA for the NL West champion Dodgers, who finished the year 94-68. He led the majors in wins, ERA, and had 239 strikeouts in 198.1 innings. The star pitcher missed over a month with a back injury. He added his first career no-hitter on June 18th against the Colorado Rockies where he did not walk a batter and struck out 15. The Dodgers' ace did struggle in the postseason, but luckily for him, the voting does not include playoff performances.
Kershaw received all 30 first-place votes, beating out Reds' Johnny Cueto and Cardinals' Adam Wainwright. The 26 year-old is 6th pitcher to win 3 Cy Youngs in a 4-year span, and the 9th pitcher to win 3 overall. He joins Roger Clemens, Randy Johnson, Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux, Sandy Koufax, Pedro Martinez, Jim Palmer, and Tom Seaver.
Meanwhile, it was a close race in the American League, where Indians' ace Corey Kluber won his first Cy Young award. Kluber edged Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez for the award, receiving 17 first-place votes and 169 points. Hernandez earned 13 first-place votes and 159 points. White Sox pitcher Chris Sale was in 3rd with 78 points.
The Indians ace, in his 2nd full year as a starter, went 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA, and 269 strikeouts in 235.2 innings. Kluber lead the league in wins, second in strikeouts, third in innings pitched, and third in ERA. The 28-year old lead his Indians to an 85-77 record, but missed out on the playoffs for the second straight year. He had a 1.73 ERA after the All-Star break, he won his last 5 starts, posting a 1.12 ERA in that stretch with 54 strikeouts. Kluber is the 4th Indians pitcher to win the award, joining CC Sabathia, Cliff Lee, and Gaylord Perry.