Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Jacob DeGrom Wins 2018 NL Cy Young Award

Jacob DeGrom Wins 2018 NL Cy Young Award

John Maffei is the only baseball writer who thought a person other than Jacob deGrom should be honored with the National League Cy Young Award.

The 2018 AL Cy Young Award debate was anything but one-sided.

The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays.

DeGrom nearly won the award unanimously, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes with 207 total points.

The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, he became the seventh rookie victor voted a Cy Young, joining fellow Mets Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East.

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Snell was the first player 25-or-younger to win 21 games since Barry Zito in 2002.

It all came together this year.

"This mean as whole lot", Snell said."It's something I wanted to achieve this year".

Though Scherzer led the NL in wins (18), innings (220 2/3), strikeouts (300) and WHIP (0.991), it was deGrom's miniscule 1.70 ERA that earned the 30-year-old his first career Cy Young Award to go along with his NL Rookie of the Year Award from 2014. Somers wasted no time in making fun of Maffei and the writer responded by ending the interview literally as soon as it started. Justin Verlander finished a close second in the voting and trade target Corey Kluber finished third. He pitched over 210 innings and finished 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA while striking out 290. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit.

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