Chicago Cubs righty Jake Arrieta's dominant 2015 season has earned him a spot in the baseball history books as the 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner.
It was a three-horse race all along between Arrieta and Los Angeles Dodgers aces Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, but in the end it's the 29-year-old Cubs ace who takes home the hardware. Arrieta took home 17 of 30 possible first-place votes, to go along with 11 second-place votes and two third-place votes. Runner-up Zack Greinke took home 10 first-place votes, while 3rd-place finisher Clayton Kershaw picked up the last three.
Pittsburgh's Gerrit Cole and Washington's Max Scherzer rounded out the top five.
Arrieta went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 236 strikeouts to go against 48 walks. He was lights-out on a historic level in the second half of the 2015 season, going 12-1 with a miniscule 0.75 ERA -- the second-lowest post All-Star break ERA in MLB history (minimum 12 starts). He also tossed a no-hitter this year, ironically enough by blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Acquired by the Cubs in a multi-player deal with the Baltimore Orioles back in July 2013, Arrieta has made the transformation from solid top-three starter to unquestionable ace within the span of two years or so. His Cy Young victory marks the third postseason award for the Cubs in three days, joining Joe Maddon (NL Manager of the Year) and Kris Bryant (NL Rookie of the Year).Back to the Chicago Cubs Newsfeed