The BBWAA Cy Young Award finalists for 2017 have been announced! The top three vote-earners from each league all had remarkable 2017 seasons. Here’s why each of them has a chance to win his league's Cy Young honors…
American League Cy Young
Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians
After starting the year a bit slow and spending most of May on the disabled list with back issues, Corey Kluber came roaring back in the month of June. From that point on, he consistently terrorized opposing hitter for the remainder of the regular season. The right-hander's 2.25 ERA was a full 65 points better than any other pitcher in the American League. His 0.87 WHIP and 1.59 walks per nine were the lowest among qualified pitchers, while his 18 wins, five complete games and three shutouts were tied for most in all of baseball. Advanced performance estimators like xFIP pegged him as the most dominant pitcher in the AL as well. Kluber finished the season with 265 strikeouts across 203 2/3 innings. His sheer dominance across all pitching categories makes him a strong bet to win the Cy Young.