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SB Nation Awards, #2: MLB Pitcher of the Year

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A nice slate of contenders for the second in our week-long series of polls, across the entirety of SB Nation.

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In yesterday's poll, we asked you who was the best hitter across all of major-league baseball this year. It was quite a close fight, but in the end, Bryce Harper just beat out Paul Goldschmidt, by a margin of 48-45%; pretty much nobody else got a look-in. I can't say I can really disagree with the decision, as Harper's season at the plate was just insanely good - and he's a year younger than Mike Trout. Dammit, just wish Harper was in the American League, so that Goldie would have a better chance at the MVP award.

We now move on to the Pitcher of the Year, with the same conditions - we don't distinguish between AL and NL here, but have the three nominees for the Cy Young award from each league. Though in this case, I think the separation of the two leagues makes for some particularly interesting arguments, especially in the National League, where you can make an excellent case for any of the three candidates, and I can't say I would be too surprised if any of them were to win when the awards are announced tomorrow night on the MLB Network. But, in this case [adopts Sean Connery voice], there can be only one...

Here are the figures for the six contenders.

Player Age Tm W L IP H R ER BB SO ERA FIP OPS
Jake Arrieta 29 CHC 22 6 229.0 150 52 45 48 236 1.77 2.35 .507
Sonny Gray 25 OAK 14 7 208.0 166 71 63 59 169 2.73 3.45 .590
Zack Greinke 31 LAD 19 3 222.2 148 43 41 40 200 1.66 2.76 .507
Clayton Kershaw 27 LAD 16 7 232.2 163 62 55 42 301 2.13 1.99 .521
Dallas Keuchel 27 HOU 20 8 232.0 185 68 64 51 216 2.48 2.91 .575
David Price 29 Mult 18 5 220.1 190 70 60 47 225 2.45 2.78 .621

As previously, vote in the poll and explain your choice in the comments.