Los Angeles Dodgers' starter Zack Greinke, 32, went (19-3) in 32 starts with a 1.66 ERA, 2.76 FIP, 40 walks (1.62 BB/9) and 200 Ks (8.08 K/9) in 222 ⅔ innings pitched, over which he was worth 5.9 fWAR.
Greinke's teammate Clayton Kershaw, 27, was (16-7) with a 2.13 ERA, 1.99 FIP, 42 walks (1.62 BB/9) and 301 Ks (11.64 K/9) in 232 ⅔ IP, finishing the year at a major league-leading 8.6 fWAR.
Chicago Cubs' right-hander Jake Arrieta, 29, finished the 2015 campaign at 7.3 fWAR, second-highest in the majors. Arrieta posted a 1.77 ERA, a 2.35 FIP, 48 walks (1.89 BB/9) and 236 Ks (9.28 K/9) in 229 innings.
Those three pitchers are the NL's finalists for the 2015 Cy Young Award. In the American League, it's Sonny Gray of the Oakland A's, Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros and David Price, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays.
Gray, 26, was (14-7) in 31 starts with a 2.73 ERA, a 3.45 FIP, 59 walks (2.55 BB/9) and 169 Ks (7.31 K/9) in 208 innings, over which he was worth 3.8 fWAR.
Keuchel, 27, was worth 6.1 fWAR, finishing the year (20-8) and posting a 2.48 ERA, a 2.91 FIP, 51 walks (1.98 BB/9) and 216 Ks (8.38 K/9) in 232 IP.
Price, 30, went (18-5) in 32 starts, posting a 2.45 ERA, 2.78 FIP, 47 walks (1.92 BB/9) and 225 Ks (9.19 K/9), finishing the year at 6.4 fWAR, behind only Arrieta and Kershaw among major league starters.
Is there anyone else who should be under consideration?
After the first half of the 2015 campaign, Washington Nationals' starter Max Scherzer looked like he might be a Cy Young contender, but a rough stretch between in July and August ended that discussion for the most part, though he did still manage to throw two no-hitters. Should Scherzer be added to the poll?
It's probably going to come down to Greinke vs Arrieta, but you can suggest names to add to the poll in the comments section below as we vote for the SB Nation 2015 Award for Pitcher of the Year.
Here are the rest of the awards and dates for the voting this week:
- Mon, Nov. 16: Hitter of the Year (CLICK HERE TO VOTE)
- Tues, Nov. 17: Pitcher of the Year (All of MLB)
- Weds, Nov. 18: Defensive Play of the Year (Nationals)
- Thurs, Nov. 19: Bat flip/Celebration of the Year (Nationals)
- Fri, Nov 20: Best Breakage of Unwritten Rules (All of MLB)
[ed. note - "Once you've voted for 2015's Pitcher of the Year below, your work is not done! Up next is the voting for Defensive Play of the Year. We need nominees so we can add those names to the poll for tomorrow's voting. This way it's not just the writers and editors behind the scenes here at FBB deciding the nominees. To nominate someone, just post a comment with (Nomination: [Player/Player(s) name(s)]), and the play/players who get the most nomination/recs will be added to tomorrow's post so we can vote as a site and then nominate the candidates for "Defensive Play of the Year" and so on throughout the week. But right now it's time to vote for the Pitcher of the Year in Major League Baseball in 2015?"]