LA’s Kershaw Wins NL Cy Young; Doc 2nd, Lee 3rd
Kershaw won the National League Triple Crown for pitchers with league-best totals of victories (21), earned-run average (2.28) and strikeouts (248).
Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA, 8 CG, 220 K), the 2010 winner, was the runner-up with four first-place votes and 133 points. The other first-place vote went to Arizona Diamondbacks righthander Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA), who tied Kershaw for the NL lead in victories and finished fourth behind Phillies lefthander Cliff Lee (17-8, 2.40 ERA, 6 CG, 238 K).
Another Phillies pitcher, righthander Cole Hamels (14-9, 2.79 ERA) rounded out the top five. Kershaw, Halladay and Lee were named on every ballot. In all, 12 pitchers gained mention.
Halladay is the sixth Cy Young Award winner and fourth in the NL to finish second the year after he won the award. The others were Warren Spahn in 1958, Tom Glavine in 1992 and Brandon Webb in 2007 in the NL and Jim “Catfish” Hunter in 1975 and Jim Palmer in 1977 in the American League.