Houston Astros left-hander Dallas Keuchel was selected the American League Cy Young Award winner, and Chicago Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta claimed the National League honor in a tight vote Wednesday.
Keuchel was the big winner in the AL with 22 first-place votes and 186 points in the Baseball Writers' Association of America balloting.
Arrieta came out on top in a much closer vote in the NL. He received 17 first-place votes and 169 points. Runner-up Zack Greinke of the Dodgers totaled 147 points, and Los Angeles teammate Clayton Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young winner, was third with 101 points.
Keuchel, 27, posted a league-best win total with a 20-8 record and had a 2.48 ERA with 216 strikeouts for the Astros, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2005. He became Houston's first Cy Young winner since Roger Clemens in 2004, when the team was in the National League.
"Something I definitely never expected," Keuchel, speaking on MLB Network, said of winning the Cy Young Award. Just playing the game was good enough for me. "And just to be in the same category as Sonny and David was special in its own right, but there's a number of pitchers I look up to. It's something that hasn't sunk in. I don't think it will for some time.
"I would be lying if I didn't tell you I was a little anxious, a little nervous for the verdict. I really thought David and Sonny outperformed me, and that's just because I'm big fans of both of those guys."
Price posted an 18-5 record with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts for the Detroit Tigers and Blue Jays. He was traded to Toronto in July and played a role in the Blue Jays reaching the postseason for the first time since 1993.
Arrieta finished the regular season with a 22-6 record and a 1.77 ERA. He was unbeatable during the second half of the season, posting an 11-0 record with a 0.41 ERA in 12 starts beginning Aug. 4 and pitching a no-hitter against the Dodgers on Aug. 30.
Greinke's numbers were just as impressive with a 19-3 record and had a 1.66 ERA. Kershaw led the major leagues with 301 strikeouts in 222 2/3 innings and posted a 16-7 record with a 2.13 ERA.
Arrieta is the third Cubs winner of a major postseason award this year and the team's first Cy Young recipient since Greg Maddux in 1992. Joe Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year after guiding the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and third baseman Kris Bryant was chosen as NL Rookie of the Year.
"A little relieved, honestly, to finally know how it played out," Arrieta said on MLB Network. "All the hard work's been work it."
Congratulating Bryant and Maddon, he added, "To be part of that, with those guys, and do what we did this year as an organization is really special. It's something that we continue to look to build on.
"This award, it's been a lot of hard work, a long time coming, a lot of adjusting, trying to figure this game out and still learning. ... This game's very difficult. To do it at a high level is even harder. Going back to the drawing board. Trying to figure some more things out. Work hard this offseason and be ready for spring training."