Scherzer wins third Cy Young award

11 months 2 days 44 minutes ago Thursday, November 16 2017 Nov 16, 2017 Thursday, November 16, 2017 3:08:00 AM CST November 16, 2017 in Sports
By: Ethan Illers, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - Former Mizzou baseball pitcher and current Washington Nationals' pitcher Max Scherzer has been named the 2017 National League Cy Young award winner. Scherzer is now the 10th pitcher to receive the honor three times. 

Scherzer easily beat out Los Angeles Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw and his teammate Stephen Strasburg, receiving 27 of the 30 first-place votes by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. 

Scherzer, a 33-year-old right-handed pitcher, took home the honor last year with Washington and the American League Cy Young award in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers.

He led the National League this past season with 268 strikeouts and finished second in ERA (2.51) and fourth in wins (16). He also surpassed 200 innings for the fifth straight season while overcoming a variety of ailments to reach that plateau. 

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