When a lights-out pitcher like Clayton Kershaw finishes the season with a 2.13 ERA and 301 strikeouts, yet places third in Cy Young voting, you know there’s some competition for the award. In second place was Kershaw’s teammate Zack Greinke, who went 19-3 with an incredible ERA of 1.66. The guy who beat them out? Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, who went 22-6 with a 1.77 ERA.
Without a doubt, all three pitchers had amazing seasons and could have finished first in any given year. That’s why Dodgers’ catcher A.J. Ellis has no qualms with Arrieta winning the award over his two teammates, which he explained on MLB Network Radio.
“You had three really, really worthy candidates, and all three of them in any year would have won in a landslide,” Ellis said. “You’ve got three amazing athletes out there on the mound in Jake, and Clayton, and Zack. They separated themselves this year, that’s for sure. And Jake and Zack in particular really took their games to another level, and I don’t think there’s any issue with any one of these guys winning the Cy Young.”
Ellis also gave his thoughts on whether the Dodgers can compete without Greinke, who may bolt via free agency.
“We’ve made runs deep into October, and been knocking on the door to doing something really, really special, and I think what you can really pinpoint is the fact that we have Clayton and Zack at the top of our rotation,” Ellis said. “There’s a lot of great arms out there. A lot of guys that you know who could come in and fill that role. You hope they could, but you know that Zack could.”