Hisashi Iwakuma finishes third in AL Cy Young vote

Otto Greule Jr

Max Scherzer wins the AL Cy Young award in a landslide, and Hisashi Iwakuma finishes third.

Hisashi Iwakuma took his sparkling 2.66 ERA to the final three, but it wasn't enough to unseat favorite Max Scherzer, who took home the American League Cy Young award today in a landslide.

Brian Kenny has been beating the drum for Iwakuma all week, citing his superior run prevention despite a terrible defense behind him, and he's got a reasonable point. Iwakuma lead all American League pitchers in bWAR (7.0), which relies on run prevention instead of FIP, which Fangraphs uses. fWAR wasn't nearly as kind to Iwakuma (4.2), and didn't have him among the league's top pitchers. I actually had Iwakuma in my personal top three, finishing behind Scherzer and his teammate, Anibal Sanchez.

Run prevention is still very important to voters, which is why Iwakuma made the top three to begin with. Still, wins and pitching for a contender matter to a lot of people, and Scherzer had a good combination of both.

So how did the votes break down?

Scherzer got 28 first place votes, Darvish and Iwakuma got none. Anibal Sanchez and Chris Sale each got a first place vote, finishing in fourth and fifth. In a stacked year, Felix Hernandez only showed up on three of 30 ballots.

The American League had a ton of worthy candidates this year. Scherzer deserves the award, and for once, there isn't much to gripe about.

More from Lookout Landing:

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.

Join Lookout Landing

You must be a member of Lookout Landing to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Lookout Landing. You should read them.

Spinner

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker