Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw has had a busy offseason collecting awards for his 2014 campaign.
He has been collected more than a few awards leading up to the major awards announced next week. Kershaw dominated the regular season, despite missing a month, and has been recognized.
On Tuesday, the left-hander was named a finalist for the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player award.
Along with Kershaw, Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds are the other finalists for the Cy Young. Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates join Kershaw for MVP.
Kershaw could become the first Dodger to win the MVP since Kirk Gibson in 1988 and first pitcher since Sandy Koufax in 1963. The four-time All-Star would become the first National League pitcher to win MVP since Bob Gibson in 1968. He would also become the first pitcher to win it since Justin Verlander in 2011. He could win his third Cy Young in the past four years.
He went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and 239 strikeouts in 27 starts. The 26-year-old completed six games and led the league in wins, ERA, ERA+, FIP, WHIP, K/9 and K/BB ratio. While Kershaw failed to earn a win in the postseason, his dominant regular season was one of the better overall seasons by a pitcher in recent memory. He also added a no-hitter against the Colorado Rockies for good measure.
The Cy Young winner will be announced on Wednesday, November 12, and the MVP on Thursday, November 13.