The NL Cy Young award, like the AL award, is a two horse race. Kershaw. Harvey. Kershaw. Harvey. It's interesting that the award has come down to these two pitchers, despite neither of them leading the National League in fWAR. But Kershaw leads baseball in ERA, and Harvey is fourth in the majors while leading the National League in strikeout rate, so it at least makes sense that these two are prominently involved.
But at the end of the day, experience won out over the flavor of the week.
TOC's midseason National League Cy Young winner is Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers.
Kershaw has continually been one of the best pitchers in baseball over the last three seasons, and all he's done is win one Cy Young and finish as runner-up for a second. This year, it's been more of the same, as the 25-year old (did I mention he's just 25?) has pitched to a 1.98 ERA in the first half of this season, striking out 139 batters in 145 1/3 innings. Despite his strikeout r...