BBWAA Awards: Kershaw among finalists for National League Cy Young Award.

Clayton Kershaw is among the top three vote-getters for the National League Cy Young Award, announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. The New York Mets’ R.A. Dickey and the Washington Nationals’ Gio Gonzalez are the other finalists.

Clayton KershawKershaw led the National League in ERA (2.53) and fell one short of Dickey for the strikeout title, with 229 in 227 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old led the NL in wins (21-5), strikeouts (248) and ERA (2.28) while winning the Cy Young Award in 2011.

Dickey is considered the favorite to win the award this year. The 37-year-old knuckleballer went 20-6 for a moribund Mets club, equaling his win total from the last three seasons combined.

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J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.