Milwaukee Brewers: 2017 Team Awards

MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 03: Domingo Santana
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Cy Young

The Brewers’ Cy Young was the toughest award to pick overall. Zach Davies, Josh Hader, Anthony Swarzek, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, and Corey Knebel were all perfect for at least stretches during the season.

However, Anderson, Knebel, and Nelson set themselves apart as the season went on. All three had career-best seasons.

Nelson won 12 games in 29 starts but had his season cut short after diving back to first in Chicago during a September start. If there were an ironman award, Nelson would probably receive that. He pitched an entire inning with a Torn Labrum and strained Rotator cuff.

Before the injury, Jimmy rung up 199 strikeouts in 175 plus innings. He also threw his first complete game and out-dueled Clayton Kershaw in early June. His 3.49 ERA is higher than the other two finalists, but that’s due to a 5.34 ERA in his April Starts.  Overall, he finished with a 4.9 WAR.

I touched on Anderson’s and Knebel’s stats in the MVP award section. Anderson finished with 12 wins, and an ERA of 2.74, while Knebel finished with 39 saves and a 1.78 ERA.

This award and the Milwaukee Brewers end of the season would be much different if Anderson and Nelson were healthy throughout the season. A frontline combination of Nelson and Anderson probably would have pushed the Crew into the wildcard.

However, because of their injury-shortened seasons, I think it’s hard to hand them the team, Cy Young.

CY Young award goes to Corey Knebel. Knebel was one of the best relievers in baseball this season. He finished with 39 saves despite the fact he didn’t close to start the season. It looks like the Brewers have their lockdown closer for the near future.