Mizzou alum Max Scherzer named 2016 NL Cy Young award winner
On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America named former Mizzou pitcher and current Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young award.
This is the second Cy Young for Scherzer, who also won it in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers. He is only the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Gaylord Perry, Rogers Clemens, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, and Roy Halladay.
Scherzer finished his 2016 campaign with a 20-7 record, a 2.96 ERA and 228 1/3 innings pitched. He led the National League in wins and innings, as well as all of Major League Baseball in strikeouts, WHIP and WAR.
His overall numbers in 2016 are comparable to his Cy Young season of 2013, when Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA but with fewer strikeouts and innings pitched.
Chicago Cubs starters Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks were the other two finalists, but Scherzer garnerd 25 of the 30 first-place votes.
Scherzer completed just the fourth 20-strikeout performance in baseball history this past May against his former Tiger team.
The Mizzou alum has started 30 or more big league games each of the past eight years, along with five straight 200 plus strikeout years and four straight years of 200 innings pitched.