LOS ANGELES -- As expected, Clayton Kershaw won the 2014 National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, but he wasn't the only Dodgers pitcher to receive votes from the Baseball Writers Association of America. Zack Greinke finished seventh in the balloting, his highest finish since winning the American League Cy Young Award in 2009.
Greinke was 17-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 32 starts for the Dodgers in 2014 with 207 strikeouts and 43 walks in 202⅓ innings, setting career highs in wins and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.81). His walk rate (5.2 percent) was his lowest since his rookie year in 2004.
Greinke received two fourth-place votes and two fifth-place votes, for a total of six points, which are awarded on a 7-4-3-2-1 basis.
In 2013, Greinke finished eighth in the NL balloting, with two third-place votes, four fourth-place votes and four fifth-place votes, totaling 18 points. The only other time Greinke appeared on a Cy Young ballot was in 2009, when he captured 25 first-place votes and three second-place votes en route to winning the American League award.
Greinke just missed triggering a salary bump for 2015. For winning a Cy Young Award, Greinke gets $1 million tacked on to the next year's base salary, and for finishing second through fifth he would get $500,000 added to the next year.