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The SB Nation 2015 MLB Awards: MLB Pitcher of the Year

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SB Nation's off-season simulation is underway and award season has come! It's the little things that get us through the long winter.

We will create a space for our site to vote on each of these every day this week, and the first up is MLB Hitter of the Year.

This year's award categories are as follows:

MLB Hitter of the Year
- MLB Pitcher of the Year
- Rays Defensive Play of the Year
- Rays Celebration of the Year
- MLB's Best Unwritten Rules Breakage

Monday's winner was Bryce Harper. Literally no one else got a vote.

As a reminder, here's our default method of voting:

1. I kick off the nominations in the comments with a handful of obvious names.

2. To vote for a nominee, add a "+1" comment to the player's name you feel is most deserving.

3. If you want to nominate a player who has not yet been nominated, then make a new comment with "Nomination: (Player Name)" in the subject line. Please double-check to make sure that the player actually hasn't been nominated yet.

To the numbers!

Name Team W L IP K% BB% ERA FIP xFIP WAR
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers 16 7 232.2 33.8% 4.7% 2.13 1.99 2.09 8.6
Jake Arrieta Cubs 22 6 229.0 27.1% 5.5% 1.77 2.35 2.61 7.3
David Price - - - 18 5 220.1 25.3% 5.3% 2.45 2.78 3.24 6.4
Max Scherzer Nationals 14 12 228.2 30.7% 3.8% 2.79 2.77 2.88 6.4
Chris Sale White Sox 13 11 208.2 32.1% 4.9% 3.41 2.73 2.60 6.2
Dallas Keuchel Astros 20 8 232.0 23.7% 5.6% 2.48 2.91 2.75 6.1
Zack Greinke Dodgers 19 3 222.2 23.7% 4.7% 1.66 2.76 3.22 5.9
Corey Kluber Indians 9 16 222.0 27.7% 5.1% 3.49 2.97 3.05 5.5
Gerrit Cole Pirates 19 8 208.0 24.3% 5.3% 2.60 2.66 3.16 5.4
Chris Archer Rays 12 13 212.0 29.0% 7.6% 3.23 2.90 3.01 5.3
Jacob deGrom Mets 14 8 191.0 27.3% 5.1% 2.54 2.70 2.92 5.2
Madison Bumgarner Giants 18 9 218.1 26.9% 4.5% 2.93 2.87 3.02 5.1
Jon Lester Cubs 11 12 205.0 25.0% 5.7% 3.34 2.92 3.06 5.0
Carlos Carrasco Indians 14 12 183.2 29.6% 5.9% 3.63 2.84 2.66 4.8

My initial cut off above was 5.0 WAR but some more filtering added Cash's old project Carrasco to the list.

Name Team BABIP ERA- FIP- xFIP- AVG LOB% GB% HR/FB SIERA
Clayton Kershaw Dodgers .281 57 52 54 .193 78.3% 50.0% 10.1% 2.24
Jake Arrieta Cubs .246 45 60 68 .184 80.0% 56.2% 7.8% 2.75
David Price - - - .290 60 68 80 .227 78.6% 40.4% 7.8% 3.27
Max Scherzer Nationals .268 71 72 74 .205 79.6% 36.0% 10.5% 2.63
Chris Sale White Sox .323 84 65 64 .232 73.2% 42.6% 12.5% 2.52
Dallas Keuchel Astros .269 62 71 68 .216 79.4% 61.7% 13.6% 2.84
Zack Greinke Dodgers .229 44 72 83 .185 86.5% 48.0% 7.3% 3.27
Corey Kluber Indians .297 87 73 75 .228 71.4% 42.4% 10.7% 2.98
Gerrit Cole Pirates .304 69 70 82 .235 74.9% 48.0% 6.5% 3.23
Chris Archer Rays .295 83 73 74 .219 73.1% 46.1% 10.4% 3.08
Jacob deGrom Mets .271 69 70 75 .210 78.0% 44.4% 9.5% 2.99
Madison Bumgarner Giants .282 81 79 78 .220 77.9% 41.7% 10.2% 3.00
Jon Lester Cubs .303 85 75 79 .236 71.8% 48.9% 9.9% 3.19
Carlos Carrasco Indians .304 91 70 66 .226 71.8% 51.2% 13.2% 2.74

You only vote for one, but the context of 14 players is more to show just how great Archer was this year.