Washington Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez turned 27 in mid-September of his first year in the National League following the trade last winter that brought the pitcher with the big curve and high walk totals to the nation's capital from Oakland. Gonzalez finished his first season in D.C. with a (21-8) record, a 2.89 ERA, 2.82 FIP, 76 walks (3.43 BB/9) and 207 Ks (9.35 K/9) in 32 starts and 199.1 IP over which he was worth +5.4 fWAR. Gonzalez finished the year with the highest win total in baseball, the highest K/9 and the lowest BAA in the NL, earning himself a nomination as one of three finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. Gonzalez's competition?

24-year-old '06 Los Angeles Dodgers' 1st Round pick Clayton Kershaw finished his fifth season in LA with a (14-9) record, a 2.53 ERA, 2.89 FIP, 63 BB (2.49 BB/9) and 229 Ks (9.05 K/9). Kershaw, who won the NL Cy Young last season, had the National League's lowest ERA for the second year in a row, the second-lowest FIP behind Gio and the highest fWAR +5.5.

New York Mets' right-handed R.A. Dickey turned 38 in October, finishing his 10th MLB season at (20-6) with a 2.73 ERA, a 3.27 FIP, 54 BB (2.08 BB/9) and 230 Ks (8.86 K/9). Dickey's 230 Ks led the NL, he had the second-lowest ERA, and finished sixth overall in fWAR at a career-high +4.6.