The Baseball Writers Association of America on Wednesday named Nationals Starter Max Scherzer the winner of the 2016 National League Cy Young Award.
This is the second Cy Young Award for Scherzer, who won the award with the Detroit Tigers in 2013.
Scherzer finished the season with a 20-7 record, and his 20 wins were the most in the National League. He also had a career-high 284 strikeouts, which was the most in all of the majors.
The Nationals’ ace was also the first pitcher with 20 wins, 250 strikeouts and a sub-.200 BAA (batting average against) since Bob Gibson in 1968, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
Scherzer received 25 of 30 first place votes, with 192 voting points. The other five votes were split up among Cubs pitchers John Lester, Kyle Hendricks and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw.
Scherzer celebrated the news on a boat with friends, who gave him a celebratory champaign shower.
Scherzer is now just the sixth pitcher in MLB history to win the award in both leagues, joining Roger Clemens (Astros/Red Sox/Blue Jays/Yankees), Roy Halladay (Phillies/Blue Jays) and Hall of Famers Randy Johnson (Diamondbacks/Mariners), Pedro Martinez (Expos/Red Sox) and Gaylord Perry (Padres/Indians).