The 31-year-old right-hander led the AL in both wins (18) and ERA (2.25). Additionally, Kluber’s 8.0 WAR was tops among pitchers in both leagues.
Despite spending a month on the disabled list, Kluber still threw over 203 innings as he went at least six full innings in 25 of his 29 starts this season. He also tied for the major-league lead with five complete games this season.
Kluber, who won the 2014 AL Cy Young, turned around his 2017 in order to collect his second award.
After a May 2 outing in which he lasted just three innings, Kluber’s ERA stood at 5.06. That start was followed by a DL stint, and when Kluber came back he was lights out, going 15-2 from his June 1 return until the end of the regular season.
At one point in the season, Sale seemed like a shoo-in to win his first Cy Young Award. However, while Kluber got better as the season wore on, Sale got worse. The Boston ace’s ERA in August and September was 4.09, tied for 54th among 97 pitchers with at least 50 innings. After allowing 11 home runs through his first 21 starts, he gave up 13 in his last 11 starts.
Information from ESPN’s Scott Lauber contributed to this report.