Clayton Kershaw Wins NL CY Young

Clayton Kershaw won the 2011 National League Cy Young Award, the BBWAA announced. The 23-year-old left-hander becomes the youngest Cy Young winner since Dwight Gooden of the Mets won the award as a 20-year-old in 1985. Kershaw posted a league-leading 2.28 ERA in 233 1/3 innings. He struck out 248 batters while allowing just 54 walks en route to a 21-5 record and his first All-Star Game selection.

“I'm extremely thankful and humbled by this award,” Kershaw in a statement. “The company that I'm in now… just to be mentioned with some of those guys. I'm just in awe.  I never thought I'd be here."

Kershaw obtained 27 of 32 possible first place votes to beat runners-up Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee. Nine others obtained votes: Ian Kennedy, Cole Hamels, Tim Lincecum, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Cain, John Axford, Craig Kimbrel, Madison Bumgarner and Ryan Vogelsong. Three Phillies placed in the top five and four fifths of the Giants' rotation obtained votes.

Matt Swartz's work for MLBTR suggests Kershaw will earn roughly $8.7MM as a first-time arbitration eligible player in 2012. The Dodgers, who control the southpaw's rights through 2014, will likely consider a long-term deal for Kershaw this winter.


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193 Comments on "Clayton Kershaw Wins NL CY Young"


Devon Henry
3 years 9 months ago

Congrats well deserved.

55saveslives
3 years 9 months ago

I HATE everything about the Dodgers, but Kershaw did deserve it this year!

The_BiRDS
3 years 9 months ago

WHAT?!?! I thought for sure it would be Jake Westbrook…

Well done Kershaw.

gtl11
3 years 9 months ago

Nice! Didn’t expect it but this was the right choice.

lefty177
3 years 9 months ago

who’d you expect to get it?

3 years 9 months ago

Looks like we’ve got a serious baseball fan here

3 years 9 months ago

He deserved it. Now let’s trade for him!!!!!! jk

Vossome93
3 years 9 months ago

Congrats to Kersh.

Sajju Shah
3 years 9 months ago

YESSSSSSS

Bryce_Ridenour
3 years 9 months ago

He deserved that award easy! Well done Clayton

Eduardo Medina
3 years 9 months ago

nothing new here, this guy´s year was awesome

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Good for Kershaw and well deserved. This is the 2nd best thing that has happened for Dodger fans this off-season so far.

0bsessions
3 years 9 months ago

Now, are you putting this ahead of the Kemp extension or McCourt and the MLB coming to an agreement to sell the team?

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

McCourt agreeing to sell the team. the Kemp extension is nice but nothing helps them more than McCourt leaving.

3 years 9 months ago

what was the 1st best thing this offseason? going bankrupt?

3 years 9 months ago

He just said what was the best thing, right above your post!

Joey Caltabellotta
3 years 9 months ago

Jealous Giants fan is jealous ;D

Hopefully you don’t get to jealous when Kemp wins the MVP on the 22nd.

3 years 9 months ago

hey what happened to that MVP trophy? oh thats right, its in Ryan Braun’s trophy case lol.  Anyways, Giants fan or not Kemp was robbed BIG time.  Kemp deserved it hands down

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

As he should have. Good job Clayton!

hgr900
3 years 9 months ago

The Kershawshenk Redemption

TheHotCorner
3 years 9 months ago

Congrats Clayton.  Well deserved – especially since you had to put up with Frank McCourt.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

He definitely was not better at pitching than Halladay. These writers are cluelessly insane.

Thinkblue
3 years 9 months ago

What r u talking about?! Kershaw beat Halladay in almost every single stat.. On top of that its not the same potching for a losing team, bankrupt, etc than pitching for a 100 win team with the strongest capital in baseball. You are certainly wrong.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I could make a case for his home/road splits (he was much better at home in the pitcher friendly confines of Dodgers stadium) and the division he plays in (I think he faced the Giants like 5, 6 times).

But I thought Kershaw deserved to win it and if I had a vote, I would have voted for him. I could care less about sabermetrics. He was dominant and put up the best numbers.

monkeydung
3 years 9 months ago

he faced Tim Lincecum 4 times and went 4-0 against him.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

He may have faced off against Linceccum but he was pitching against the Giants Line Up, which is pretty much a guarantee of 8 shut out innings and 9 k’s.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

going against Lincecum= winning 1-0 or 2-1. In other words, you have to be nearly perfect. It doesn’t matter who you’re facing, it is very hard to be that close to perfect. He did it every time.

Whole_New_World
3 years 9 months ago

Oh, right. The Giants line-up that crushed the Phillies in the 2010 NLCS. Don’t ever forget that.

Kershaw, great job. Easily deserved the Cy Young.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Different team.

and yeah he did deserve it, I just said I could make the case, which I did.

Ferrariman
3 years 9 months ago

no offense, but it was a pretty weak case…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

How’s it a weak case? His home road splits clearly showed he pitched better at home and not as well on the road as Halladay did.

I’d be making a better case if I didn’t think he deserved to win it.

Joey Caltabellotta
3 years 9 months ago

That you’re a Phillies fanboy? If Halladay had pitched a better season I would have completely agreed, but Kershaw was the best pitcher in the NL this year and it’s pretty ridiculous if you don’t see that. Not only did he win the pitching Triple Crown but his WHIP was lower than Halladays and it’s not like Halladay didn’t have to go against the Nationals, Marlins and Braves this year who all had weak offense. Compare the batting statistics of the West and East teams alone and you’re argument becomes garbage.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

When did I say wasn’t or he didn’t deserve it? Read through the thread.

I think I’ve CLEARLY SAID in this thread that if I had a vote for Kershaw I would have voted for him, I just said he wasn’t head and shoulders over Halladay and that I could make a case for Halladay to win it.

Kershaw was the best pitcher in the NL this year. I would have voted for him for the Cy Young.

monkeydung
3 years 9 months ago

i’m thinkblue. your capital letter does not change this.

dinoes
3 years 9 months ago

Just like CC was better than Verlander. Stop complaining.

j6takish
3 years 9 months ago

Brandon McCarthy for the FIPx AL Cy Young Award Winner, it’s not as great as the real Cy Young Award, but in theory…it should be

Sniderlover
3 years 9 months ago

In what way was CC better than Verlander? He gave up a few less HR but other than that, Verlander beats him (CC FIP was better due to a lower HR rate).

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 9 months ago

ballparks, bro.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

You must be a writer. Kershaw was better. Accept it.

Liam_Ho
3 years 9 months ago

Quit speaking in such absolutes, Halladay had an awesome year but so did Kershaw. It really could’ve gone either way.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

You are right.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

You know it’s funny, Halladay had a WAR more than 1.0 higher than Kerhsaw, and Sabathia had a WAR of just .1 higher than Verlander. You said CC was robbed, but now you say the NL Cy Young could have gone either way. Why is that? 

101andCounting
3 years 9 months ago

Only a Sith deals in absolutes.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 months ago

Darth Pete? Doesn’t exactly have a nice ring to it.

3 years 9 months ago

Am I a nerd if I laughed really hard after reading this?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

please, explain? I could understand that you think Halladay could have won, but cluelessly insane? Really?

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Its insane to give a pitcher a stat to base award voting on that literally every player on his team participates in. You can’t have “pitcher wins” mean anything, baseball is a team game. Explain to me why pitching 6 innings and giving up less runs than your offense means you singlehandedly “won” the game?

Pitcher W-L must be abolished as soon as possible. Its the least logical stat in all of pro sports.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

Kershaw didn’t win because of win lose record. If you think thats the reason, you’re lying to yourself.

And you’re preaching to the choir about how useless W/L record is..

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I think it had more to do with his amazing WHIP, ERA, and Strikeout Numbers.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Halladay probably wins it if Michael Schwimer doesn’t blow 2 of his leads and Hurricane Irene doesn’t rob him of a start (assuming he pitches well).

I think Kershaw’s numbers are a little skewed by playing in LA (ERA and WHIP), but I can’t argue he doesn’t deserve to win. In fact, I would have voted for him.

derail76
3 years 9 months ago

Dodger Stadium is not the same pitchers park that it used to be. They cut a very large chunk of foul territory out a few years ago with new seating, and the park is much more nuetral now. its still a pitchers park, just not an extreme.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not saying if he pitched in CBP, he’d have an ERA of 5.00, I’m just saying his ERA and WHIP are probably closer to Halladay.

Guessing: road ERA, it’d probably be around 2.40-2.50ish. His WHIP would probably be 1.00ish because a lot of fly balls in Dodgers stadium are wall scrapers in Philly. Pitching in CBP in the summer is a lot different than pitching in Dodger’s Stadium at night. In addition, hurricane Irene and Michael Schwimer basically removed any chance Halladay had at the wins title.

Not taking anything away from Kershaw and I’m certainly not punishing him, I’m just making the case. I would have voted for him, or anybody who wins the Triple Crown for that matter.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

I’m not sure how much Kershaw’s numbers would change because he doesn’t rely on flyballs to win. He is very weak-contact oriented and his ‘flyballs’ are usually weak pop flys. Just an observation from watching so many of Kershaw’s starts

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Well his Home/Road splits are pretty drastic. I’m not saying he’d be that much worse, what I’m saying is that when he DOES make a mistake, Dodgers stadium bails him out and if he does get a routine fly ball, in Citizens Bank Park, that ball will carry out of the stadium and into the flower beds.

The ball doesn’t travel well in Dodgers Stadium regardless of the dimensions. I think his numbers would be much more comparable to Halladay and Lee in terms of ERA/WHIP if he played in more of a hitter’s park.

thegrayrace
3 years 9 months ago

It can also be an effect of small sample sizes. In Kershaw’s case, his away numbers were hurt by a 6ER, 6IP outing in Anaheim, which is a total pitcher’s park. Though he also had a bad outing in Cincinnati.

Also, during day games, Dodger Stadium becomes quite a hitter’s park. Not sure how many home day games Kershaw pitched, but just saying…

Kershaw generally doesn’t give up many deep fly balls. I’d be curious how many fly balls hit against him in Dodger Stadium would’ve gone out in other parks. I doubt it is that many.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

CBP multi-year: Batting – 102, Pitching – 101 · one-year: Batting – 105, Pitching – 103 

DS   multi-year: Batting – 97, Pitching – 97 · one-year: Batting – 98, Pitching – 98

and just to throw a real extreme pitchers park in there…
AT&T  multi-year: Batting – 94, Pitching – 93 · one-year: Batting – 89, Pitching – 89
Petco multi-year: Batting – 93, Pitching – 93 · one-year: Batting – 92, Pitching – 92

i don’t remember that much dismissiveness (not from you phillies aces) when Timmy won cy twice in a row in an extreme pitchers park

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Tim Linceccum also was that much further out ahead of everybody statistically when he won to my knowledge.

I wasn’t happy when he won it in 2009 though, I thought it was horrible that he got it over Carpenter but whatever.

Like I’ve said at least 3 times in this thread, I would have voted for Kershaw. I think his ERA and his WHIP tick up a few percentage points and his numbers would have been closer to Halladay. I don’t think he was that much better than him and if you use his road stats compared to Halladay’s, that would back that theory up.

Not taking anything away from him, I just said I could have made the case. Again, I would have voted for him and couldn’t be happier for him.

dinoes
3 years 9 months ago

Did you see carpenters innings pitched in 09? Nvm not even going to start an argument.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

He missed four starts and still put up better numbers than Linceccum besides strikeouts.

The 2010 MVP missed a ton of time too and still won.

You’re right though, not worth arguing about it, I was just responding to the “why wasn’t there this much outrage with Linceccum.” comment.

sherrilltradedooverexperience
3 years 9 months ago

trollilicious

Kershaw won the pitching triple crown–how could he not win
lead league in wins on a team that was terrible at producing runs
led league in K’s=dominance over hitters
Led league in WHIP
led league in h/9=another show of dominance over hitters
kershaw put people down…if you managed to avoid striking out you were still probably out

3 years 9 months ago

What proof was there that Halladay was better? Damn Philly fans….

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

FIP AND WAR!!!! (The only “stats” @twitter-15165733:disqus uses)

jwsox
3 years 9 months ago

W/L Kershaw-21-5…roy 19/6 
innings are a wash
K/9 Kershaw-9.57 Roy-8.47
BB/9 Kershaw 2.08 Roy.1.35
HR/9 Kershaw .58  Roy .39
BABIP Kershaw- .269 roy-.298
ERA Kershaw-2.28 Roy-2.35
FIP/xFIP Kershaw- 2.47/2.84  Roy-2.20/2.71
WAR- Kershaw 6.8 Roy-8.2
Shut outs Kershaw-1 roy-2
K/BB kershaw-4.59  Roy-6.29
WHIP kershaw-.98 roy-1.04
SIERA Kershaw-2.81 Roy-2.79

to be totally honest it could go either way, I bet kershaw got it simply because he is a new face and had to do this all on the dodgers where as with the phillies roy has won it before and had a great offense to give him support

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

The great offense thing, IMO is overblown. They both averaged just over 5.5 runs of support a game. Percentage points different, Halladay getting slightly more.

Thinkblue
3 years 9 months ago

A 23 year old beats experts doc roy halladay and cliff lee. We can expect more CY’s for Kershaw, what an impressive year!

$1639238
3 years 9 months ago

“A 20-year-old wins the pitching triple crown and runs away with the CY young!  We can expect a few more for Gooden!”–A Mets fan in 1985.

Parade raining aside, you’re probably right.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Well deserved. Fantastic numbers across the board and looking forward to see how he builds on this performance.

I think the best is yet to come for him.

dinoes
3 years 9 months ago

4 pitchers from the giants got votes. 

cbcbcb
3 years 9 months ago

Phillies with 3 of the top 5 is more impressive, given some of the random guys that get a vote or two each year

TenThousandDays
3 years 9 months ago

4 pitchers on one team getting votes isn’t anything to cough at either though.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

are philly fans really going to go on this thread and just complain and say how much better their team and their pitchers are than everyone else? just curious

NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 months ago

Its the fans of teams like the giants that feel the need to point it out like noone would notice if they didn’t say so

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

I’m speaking in general terms, but Philly fans have become VERY vocal over the last few years about how their team is better than everyone else

bblh
3 years 9 months ago

so what, 4 out of 5 is impressive, you’d be happy too if your rotation was recognized more in the votes, he’s not complaining or jumping up and down saying we’re the best

Andrew Ochs
3 years 9 months ago

no they are too busy throwing up on little kids.

Roy Munson
3 years 9 months ago

NL MVP will be Either Kemp or Braun… My Guess in Braun… Team made the Playoffs, slightly tougher division
AL MVP Will be be Adrian Gonzalez… was the media darling all season, they voted him MVP in July…

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

“AL MVP Will be be Adrian Gonzalez… was the media darling all season, they voted him MVP in July…”

Doubt it. He wasn’t even the MVP of the Red Sox. My bet is the vote is between Ellsbury, Granderson, and Bautista.

lakersdodgersyankees4life
3 years 9 months ago

I wouldn’t be surprised if Braun won, but I do think Kemp deserves it. On a losing team he put up a simply amazing season, one hr away from 40/40, lead in every major category with the exception of BA while playing a tougher position than Braun

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

I’m pulling for Kemp. He was the best position player in the National League, he doesn’t control what team he plays for, the emphasis on winning/losing is stupid to me.

I think in the American League it’s going to go to Verlander, at least that’s the way I see the Writers going. Not saying whether or not I agree with that, just the way I see it playing out.

Roy Munson
3 years 9 months ago

Would love if Verlander got it, and he might.. esp if Granderson/Cano split votes and Ellsbury and Gonzalez split… But the writers are so filled with Boston love that it will be hard to believe if Gonzalez doesnt take it

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

I don’t think Granderson is going to finish way ahead of Cano and will be much further split than Ellsbury/Gonzalez. Ellsbury and Gonzalez are arguably in the Top 5. Cano probably is in the bottom 3, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he is left off many ballots. 

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

What I find interesting is that while I understand why people criticize Granderson’s batting average (.261), no one seems to even look at his OBP (.365) which was higher than Jimmy Rollins OBP in his 2007 MVP year (.344)

However, my pick is Ellsbury for MVP also. The Sox did not miss the playoffs because of Ellsbury. If I can recall, he hit a game tying home run in the 9th against Tampa (although the Sox lost) and he hit a go ahead 3 run homer in extra innings that won their final game of the season at YS (I give him all the credit on that HR, but it was off Scott Proctor for crying out loud!)

12in12
3 years 9 months ago

Shows how awful the rest of the Dodgers were with the Cy Young Winner, the MVP favorite, and 82 wins…

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

It’s not the NBA, you need more than two star players to make the playoffs.

12in12
3 years 9 months ago

I agree 100%, but 18 times the MVP and Cy Young have come from the same team. 17 were in the playoffs and the 1962 Dodgers were tied with the Giants and lost in a playoff to get there. This would be the first time that a team out of contention has done it.

3 years 9 months ago

Granderson and Kemp

IHateJoeBuck
3 years 9 months ago

Just like they voted for the Silver Slugger in July.  Adrian Gonzalez
had a great year, but was behind Cabrera in every category (traditional
and SABR) yet still won the award.

notsureifsrs
3 years 9 months ago

cabrera was much closer to bautista than gonzalez. best year of his career by far

3 years 9 months ago

Vogelsong?? really??

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Did you see his numbers? It’s not exactly farfetched that someone gave him a throwaway vote.

Lunchbox45
3 years 9 months ago

ya it was for 5th place to, its whatever really.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

Good choice. He deserved it.

dinoes
3 years 9 months ago

Bumgarner 2012 cy young winner.

OldStyle_NewCubs
3 years 9 months ago

Easy guy to root for and he’s fun to watch pitch. The only problem is he’s not on my team. Congrats to the kid. Well deserved.