Mets' deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL honor


Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, who for part of the summer was locked with deGrom and Scherzer in a three-way battle for the prize, received 86 points to finish third. He received one third, one fourth and eight fifth-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association.

Jacob deGrom was the best pitcher in baseball in 2018 and when looking at the advanced analytics, it wasn't even close.

His 180 2/3 innings are the fewest for a Cy Young-winning starting pitcher in a nonstrike season. It was just the eighth time a pitcher with at least 150 innings pitched finished the season with an ERA of 1.70 or lower since the Cy Young was first awarded in 1956. His string of 29 consecutive starts allowing three earned runs or less, a streak that began in mid-April and is still active, is the longest in Major League Baseball history.

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Max Scherzer's league-leading stats in most pitching categories weren't enough to retain the Cy Young Award against the guy who led the majors in the most important category: ERA. And it's what made voting for this year's NL Cy Young victor a privilege. But deGrom has pitched so well and consistent that it is not outrageous to call him the best player in NY.

Snell was the American League victor in his first full Major League season.

Snell joins David Price (2012) as the only Rays to win the Cy Young.

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With 17 first-place votes, Snell won a tight race over Verlander.

While this may be a missed opportunity of sorts for Nola - the season he had in 2018 would have won the Cy Young Award in many other seasons - this figures to just be the first of many awards that he competes for.

Scherzer went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA and led the majors with 220⅔ innings and 300 strikeouts.

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Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.