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Clayton Kershaw named finalist for 2013 NL Cy Young Award

The BBWAA will announce the Cy Young Award winners in each league on Nov. 13.

Harry How

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced finalists for their major awards on Tuesday, and for the third straight season Clayton Kershaw will finish in the top three in National League Cy Young Award voting.

The three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award are Kershaw, Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins.

Kershaw is the overwhelming favorite to win the award, which would be his second in three years. Kershaw was also a finalist in 2012, finishing second to R.A. Dickey of the Mets.

Kershaw was 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA in 2013, his third straight season leading the majors in ERA. Kershaw pitched a career-high 236 innings and led the NL with 232 strikeouts, the second time in three seasons leading the league in whiffs.

With a guaranteed top three finish, Kershaw will join Sandy Koufax (1963-66) and Fernando Valenzuela (1981-82, 1987) as the only Dodgers pitchers to finish in the top three in Cy Young balloting at least three times. Koufax, with three wins, is the only Dodger to win the award more than once.

Dodgers in Cy Young top 3
Year Pitcher Finish First Place Votes
2013 Clayton Kershaw ??? ???
2012 Clayton Kershaw 2nd 2
2011 Clayton Kershaw 1st 27
2007 Brad Penny 3rd 0
2003 Eric Gagne 1st 28
1990 Ramon Martinez 2nd 1
1988 Orel Hershiser 1st 24
1986 Fernando Valenzuela 2nd 9
1985 Orel Hershiser 3rd 0
1982 Fernando Valenzuela t-3rd 1
1981 Fernando Valenzuela 1st 8
1980 Jerry Reuss 2nd 1
1978 Burt Hooton 2nd 0
1977 Tommy John 2nd 3
1976 Don Sutton 3rd 1
1974 Mike Marshall 1st 17
1974 Andy Messersmith 2nd 5
1971 Al Downing 3rd 1
1966 Sandy Koufax 1st 20
1965 Sandy Koufax 1st 20
1964 Sandy Koufax 3rd 1
1963 Sandy Koufax 1st 20
1962 Don Drysdale 1st 14
1956 Don Newcombe 1st 10

The BBWAA will announce the Cy Young Award winners in both leagues on Nov. 13, on MLB Network.