He might not be the favorite, but Clayton Kershaw could yet win a second consecutive National League Cy Young Award.
Kershaw was one of three NL finalists announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers Assn. of America on the MLB Network, along with the Mets’ R.A. Dickey and the Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez.
Kershaw might not have had the jaw-dropping numbers of last season when he won the Cy Young (21-5 record, 2.28 ERA, 1.02 WHIP), but the left-hander still put together some impressive numbers (14-9, 2.53, 1.02).
His ERA and WHIP were NL bests for the second consecutive year. His 229 strikeouts were second by a single strikeout.