Washington’s Max Scherzer wins Cy Young Award for National League

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13: Max Scherzer #31 of the Washington Nationals works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fifth inning during game five of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 13, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Washington’s Max Scherzer has won the National League Cy Young award as the league’s top pitcher. And it wasn’t close.

The Nationals work horse got 25 of a possible 30 first-place votes to outpoll Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs in the balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

Scherzer posted a league-leading 20 regular season wins while tossing a major league best 284 strikeouts.

Scherzer becomes the sixth pitcher in Major League history to win the Cy Young in both leagues. He won the American League honor three year ago with Detroit.

The American League honors go to Rick Porcello, who’s 22 wins for Boston topped the majors. Porcello went 22-4 with 189 strikeouts and a 3.15 ERA.

Cleveland’s Corey Corey Kluber and 2011 winner Justin Verlander of the Tigers were the other finalists.

Lester tweeted his congratulations.

And the Cubs took to Twitter to congratulated their players.

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