Nationals' Gio Gonzalez a finalist for NL Cy Young Award

Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is one of three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award.

Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez is one of three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award. The other finalists for the award, presented by the Baseball Writers Association of America, are New York Mets' pitcher R.A. Dickey and Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gonzalez posted a 21-8 record with a 2.89 ERA and 207 strikeouts in his first season with the Nationals. His 21 wins were the most in the National League. The Nationals acquired the 27-year-old left-handed-pitcher from the Oakland Athletics this past offseason.

R.A. Dickey went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, three shutouts and a league-best 230 strikeouts for the Mets. Kershaw, the 2011 Cy Young winner, went 14-9 with a league-best 2.53 ERA and 229 strikeouts with the Dodgers. He also led the National League with a 1.02 WHIP and 6.2 WAR.

The winner will be announced on Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m. ET on the MLB Network.

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