Royals reliever Wade Davis finished sixth in American League Cy Young voting, behind winner Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros. Davis received one third-place vote, one fourth-place vote, and five fifth-place votes among the 30 ballots cast. He was the top finisher among relief pitchers, finishing behind starters Keuchel, Toronto's David Price, Oakland's Sonny Gray, Chicago's Chris Sale, and Tampa Bay's Chris Archer. Royals beat writer Andy McCullough left Davis off his ballot. Davis received his third place vote from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune. Complete voting results are here.
Wade Davis was 8-1 with a 0.94 ERA in 67 1/3 innings for the Royals. It was the second consecutive season he posted an ERA of 1.00 or lower. He appeared in 69 games and struck out 78 while walking just 20. He gave up just 33 hits and opponents hit just .144/.211/.240 off of him. Davis was named the closer while Greg Holland was out with injury, and converted all seventeen of his save opportunities. The votes came before the post-season, but Davis was exemplary in October, throwing 10 2/3 shutout innings with 18 strikeouts. Davis finished eighth in Cy Young voting last year.
Dallas Keuchel won the third Cy Young in Houston Astros history, joining Mike Scott and Roger Clemens. Keuchel went 20-8 with a 2.48 ERA for the Astros this year, and won 22 of the 30 first-place votes.