Scherzer named NL Cy Young winner

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Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer has been named the National League (NL) Cy Young Award winner.

On Wednesday, Scherzer became the sixth pitcher in baseball history to win in both MLB leagues.

The four-time All-Star won the AL Cy Young in 2013 as a member of the Detroit Tigers in the American League (AL).

Chicago Cubs pitchers Jon Lester (102 points) and Kyle Hendricks (85 points) finished second and third in voting, respectively.

Scherzer went 20-7 with a 2.96 ERA and an 11.2 K/9 innings. He also became just the third pitcher in NL history with 20 wins, 250 Ks, and an opponent batting average under .200 in a season. He collected 25 of a possible 30 first-place votes for 192 total points.

Scherzer pitched two no-hitters in 2015 (June 20 and October 3) and he matched MLB record for strikeouts (20) in a nine-inning game (May 11, 2016).

Though the Nationals crashed out the playoffs and Scherzer struggled a bit down the stretch, he did enough during the regular season to earn his second Cy Young.