Darvish, Iwakuma named MLB award finalists


Japanese pitchers Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma of Seattle were among those named finalists on Tuesday for Major League Baseball's top post-season awards.

Darvish, Iwakuma and Detroit's Max Scherzer were named finalists by the Baseball Writers Association of America for the American League's Cy Young Award given to the circuit's top pitcher.

Adam Wainwright of St Louis, Miami rookie Jose Fernandez and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers were named the National League Cy Young finalists by the media panel.

Both award winners will be revealed on Nov 13.

Iwakuma, a 32-year-old right-hander, went 14-6 with a 2.66 earned-run average and 185 strikeouts over 219 2/3 innings for the Mariners this season.

"He's special," Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager said."Ever since he became a regular starter, he's been one of the best pitchers in the game. You get guys talking about how nasty he is and how the ball's moving all over the place and you can't get a good swing on him. That's about as good a compliment as you can get."

Iwakuma went 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA over his final eight starts and did not allow a run in 23 consecutive innings over his final three games.

He was the only pitcher with two streaks of more than 20 scoreless innings this season in the major leagues.

"One of my ultimate goals was to stay healthy through the long course of the season and stay in the rotation and I was able to accomplish that," Iwakuma said. "I'm very happy for that."

Darvish, a 27-year-old right-hander, went 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a major-league-leading 277 strikeouts over 209 2/3 innings. It was the most strikeouts for any American League pitcher since Pedro Martinez struck out 284 in 2000.

Scherzer was the winningest pitcher in the major leagues, going 21-3, with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts over 214 1/2 innings.

The Most Valuable Player Awards will be announced on November 14 with Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Baltimore's Chris Davis and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels in contention for the AL trophy and the NL finalists including Pittsburgh's Andrew McCutchen, Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina of St Louis.

Major League Baseball's Rookies of the Year will be named on Monday with Fernandez, Yasiel Puig of the Dodgers and Shelby Miller of St Louis contending for the NL, and Detroit's Jose Iglesias vying against Tampa Bay's Wil Myers and Chris Archer in the AL.

Managers of the Year will be revealed next Tuesday, with Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers as the NL hopefuls and Oakland's Bob Melvin and Cleveland's Terry Francona going against World Series-winning manager John Farrell of the Boston Red Sox for the AL honor.

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2 out of 3 candidates are from Japan. It's simply amazing. I think cy young in this year is most likely for Scherzer. While his ERA is the highest, his number of wins are very impressive. I wish Iwakuma, who is the best in both ERA and innings among them, won the award.

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My sentimental choice may be Yu-san, but Scherzer will win.

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Yes, Scherzer has a better record with more decisions and overall innings. He helped the Tigers get farther into the playoffs than the Rangers or Mariners. Second choice is Yu with his MLB leading strikeout total (most in AL in 13 years!), and third place Iwakuma's double streak of scoreless innings was impressive and his W-L record is better than Darvish, but those merits are probably not enough to win it this year.

Didn't a Tiger's pitcher also win Cy Young last year? Was it Scherzer? Bet they didn't start the year expecting to get knocked out of the playoffs by the Red Sox of all teams (based on Boston's terrible 2012).

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