Top 5 National League Cy Young Award Candidates
Scherzer has been dominant in 22 starts this year. He has a 12-5 record, with 2.21 ERA, both of which are worse than Kershaw's. However, his underlying numbers highlight a fantastic campaign.
He has a gaudy 35.7% strikeout rate, as well as an impressive 2.83 FIP, a 2.74 SIERA and a 4.5 fWAR. He leads the National League (Kershaw included) in all four of these categories. On top of that, due to an impressive 6.4% walk rate, he is leading the NL with a 29.3% K-BB% (strikeout to walk ratio).
However, he might be dealing with a injury of his own. He left his last start abruptly, after throwing a single warm-up pitch prior to the second inning, due to a neck injury. After visiting a chiropractor about the issue, he's expected to make his next start soon.
Scherzer can create some distance between the two with a strong few weeks.