NL Cy Young: Max Scherzer, Washington Nationals
I still cannot believe there wasn’t a single general manager who wanted to “over pay” for this guy.
Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer was the top free agent this past offseason. While the Nationals already possessed really good pitching – Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmerman – adding Scherzer to the mix has put the Nationals atop the National League East and has made them the team to beat come October.
Since losing to the Yankees on June 9, he’s been as good as any pitcher in the history of baseball during his last three-starts. He threw a complete game one-hit shutout against the Brewers on June 14, with 16 strikeouts and followed that one up with a no-hitter against the Pirates which included 10 strikeouts.
Max Money’s numbers look like this: 9-5, 110.1 innings pitched with a 1.79 ERA, 130 Strikeouts and a 0.79 WHIP. Plus his WAR rating is 4.5. He wins this in a landslide
Second half players to watch: Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Michael Wacha and the Mets Four Horsemen in the rotation.