Gio Gonzalez loses out on National League Cy Young Award

Brad Mills-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez finished third in the voting for the National League Cy Young Award, which was won by New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey.

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey was awarded the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday, beating out Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Dickey won the award, handed out by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, with 27 first-place votes and 209 points. Gonzalez finished in third place behind Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Nationals acquired Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 23, 2011, and the move paid off. Gonzalez finished the 2012 season with a 21-8 record for the Nationals with a 2.89 ERA, 1.129 WHIP and 207 strikeouts. His 21 wins were best in the National League. Gonzalez had a WAR of 4.5 and an NL-best 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings pitched. The Nationals finished the season with a league-best 98-64 record.

Gonzalez finished with one first-place vote and 93 points, just three behind Kershaw's 96 points. His lone first-place vote was from Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. For a full breakdown of voting, visit the BBWAA website.

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