Postseason and Season Awards: Baseball Essential Staff Predictions

National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta (70%)

Also receiving votes: Zack Greinke (18%), Clayton Kershaw (12%)

This one could end up being the closest race in recent memory. The Baseball Essential staff overwhelmingly supported the breakout Cubs ace. Similar to Corey Kluber last season, Arrieta rode a strong second half to perhaps win the highest award given to pitchers. Since the All-Star break, Arrieta has been lights out, with a 0.75 ERA, and his 1.77 ERA is the lowest mark by a Cubs pitcher since 1919. He also threw a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Sunday Night Baseball, sealing himself as one of premier pitchers in 2015. Zack Greinke, meanwhile, has been lights out all year. His 1.66 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, and 9.3 WAR are all best in the National League, narrowly edging out Arrieta in each of those categories. Greinke also had a 45 2/3 scoreless innings streak, 6th best in Major League history. Kershaw, meanwhile, once again proved himself to be one of the best pitchers of his generation, racking up 301 strikeouts, the first 300 strikeout pitcher since Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002. 

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