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Sonny Gray finishes 3rd in AL Cy Young vote

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The Oakland Athletics number one finished number three in the vote for the American League's best pitcher.

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The Baseball Writers Association of America announced that Oakland Athletics starting pitcher Sonny Gray finished 3rd in the American League Cy Young vote. Houston Astros starter Dallas Keuchel was the winner of the award, and David Price was 2nd.

Gray finished the year 3rd in the American League in ERA (2.73), 6th in WHIP (1.082), and 3rd in pitcher WAR on Baseball Reference (5.8) but 9th on FanGraphs (3.8), which uses FIP (3.45, 8th).

According to the BBWAA, Gray received one 2nd place vote, 24 3rd place votes, three 3rd place votes, and was not ranked in the top five on two out of the 30 ballots submitted:

Individual ballot highlights

USA TODAY's Paul White (Baltimore Chapter of the BBWAA) was the sole voter for Gray in second place. Locally, both Joe Stiglich of CSN California and Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee voted Gray in third place.

Shi Davidi of Toronto Blue Jays broadcaster Sportsnet and Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune left Gray off their ballots entirely. Fennelly appeared to have a particular love of relievers on this ballot, ranking Wade Davis, Shawn Tolleson, and Andrew Miller 3, 4, and 5, respectively. Shi Davidi preferred strikeout kings Chris Sale, Corey Kluber, and Chris Archer over Gray.