Kershaw got 29 of the 30 first-place votes. He won in 2011 and finished second last year.
He led the major leagues in earned-run average for the third consecutive season, joining Greg Maddux (1993-95) and Lefty Grove (1929-31) as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat.
A Dodgers pitcher has won the Cy Young Award a record 11 times, including Koufax in 1963, 1965, and 1966. The
Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA, the lowest mark by a major league starter since Pedro Martinez had a 1.74 ERA with the 2000
Kershaw, 25, led the NL in strikeouts and WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched). He ranked among the top three in victories, innings pitched, complete games, shutouts, pickoffs and opponent batting average.
“I’m a little biased,” catcher
Kershaw also is expected to garner some votes in the NL most-valuable-player race. The results will be announced Thursday, although the top three finishers already have been disclosed and he is not among them. The MVP finalists, in alphabetical order: