Who was the best pitcher in all of baseball in 2017: Max Scherzer or Corey Kluber?
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Who was the best pitcher in all of baseball in 2017: Max Scherzer or Corey Kluber?

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MLB has awarded Max Scherzer and Corey Kluber the National League and American League Cy Young awards, respectively. But who is the Cy Young winner for the entire league? You decide! Scherzer is just the 10th pitcher to win the award the last two seasons and won in dominating fashion. Kluber was two votes away from a unanimous victory and recovered from an injury to dominate the AL. Who is the real Cy Young winner? 

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Winning the Cy Young is nothing new for a grizzled veteran like Scherzer. Since 2013, the Washington Nationals pitcher has finished top five in the final vote. Three of those times, he's won. This year, he fought through some injuries to win pitching's ultimate prize. Here is Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com with more:

The 33-year-old Scherzer, who has finished in the top five in Cy Young voting every year since 2013, had his own medical hiccups to work through, including a neck issue and a hamstring problem late in the year and a lingering stress fracture in his right ring finger that caused discomfort in Spring Training.


Scherzer went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA over 200 2/3 innings, while recording league bests in strikeouts (268), WHIP (0.90) and hits allowed per nine innings (5.7). The WHIP and hits-per-nine marks were career bests for Scherzer, as was his rate of 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

Kluber had less than a Cy Young start this season, going 3-2 with an ERA of 5.06 before going down with an injury. But he came back with a vengeance, torching MLB with his array of shifty pitches. His second Cy Young campaign is arguably better than his first, being generally more effective in fewer games played as Anthony Castrovince from MLB.com outlines:

Over the course of his final 23 starts of the regular season, Kluber posted a 1.62 ERA and limited batters to a .175/.213/.283 slash line.
Kluber led all qualified starters in ERA (2.25), complete games (five), shutouts (three), ERA+ (202), WHIP (0.87) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.36), while tying for the lead in wins (18). The missed time did not prevent Kluber from crossing the 200-inning threshold for the fourth straight season.
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