The Chicago Cubs might have lost the NLCS to the New York Mets, but the team is making up for it by racking up the postseason honors. Kris Bryant won National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, while Joe Maddon was named NL Manager of the Year Tuesday. Yesterday, another Cub got in on the action.
Last night, Chicago pitcher Jake Arrieta received the NL Cy Young Award. Houston Astros hurler Dallas Keuchel took home the American League Cy Young. It was the first Cy Young for both players. (Another winner with this year's Cy Youngs? Crazy beards.)
Arrieta received 17 first place votes, topping Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke (10 first place votes) and Clayton Kershaw (three first place votes). The Cubs ace was the league leader in wins, going 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA. In the second half of the season, he posted a 0.75 ERA — the lowest in MLB history — as he led Chicago to a postseason run.
"I have to say thanks to all the guys I've continued to compete against year in and year out to try to take my game to the next level," Arrieta said. "All the hard work's been worth it."
The voting wasn't so close in the AL. Keuchel won 22 first place votes, while Detroit Tigers starter David Price picked up the other eight. Keuchel went 20-8 in 2015, throwing 216 strikeouts with a 2.48 ERA in an AL-high 232 innings. He was also perfect at home, posting a 15-0 record and a 1.46 ERA.
"It's something I definitely never expected," Keuchel said. "Just playing the game is good enough for me, and just to be in the same category as Sonny and David was special in its own right. But there's a number of pitchers I look up to, and it's something that hasn't sunk in. I don't think it will for some time."
There's only one more MLB award to hand out, and that's MVP. That prize will be announced tonight.
Photos: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images (Arrieta), Bob Levey/Getty Images (Keuchel)
Jake Arrieta and Dallas Keuchel Win 2015 Cy Young Awards
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