Scherzer finishes second to deGrom for Cy Young Award

Scherzer finishes second to deGrom for Cy Young Award

DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

His future is a bit less certain than that of tonight's co-winner, as deGrom is under the Mets' control for only another two seasons. That was the lowest mark since Zack Greinke's in 2015, and the second lowest in the last 23 seasons in Major League Baseball. Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals received the only other first-place vote and finished second in the voting ahead of Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola.

In siding overwhelmingly with deGrom, voters made perhaps the strongest declaration to date that the notion of evaluating pitchers by their win total is no longer viable.

Snell, a former top prospect, broke out in his first full season as a big leaguer and thrust himself into the ranks of the elite with a dominant 2018 campaign.

"My thought process was 'Hey take the ball every fifth day and continue to try to put this team in a position to win, and control what you can control".

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Hernandez's Cy Young victory signalled a major shift from voters, who once prioritized pitcher wins. He becomes the second Cy Young victor in Rays history, joining David Price (2012). Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston's Chris Sale and Houston's Gerrit Cole. The 30-year-old becomes the fourth player in franchise history to claim the award; Dwight Gooden did it in 1985, and Hall-Of-Famer Tom Seaver won it three times in 1969, 1973 and 1975.

Scherzer had another spectacular season, leading the league with a career-high 300 strikeouts.

For the first time since 2015, Max Scherzer is not the NL Cy Young Award victor.

The Mets, who watched the knuckleballer Dickey win the award in 2012, joined the Diamondbacks (Randy Johnson and Brandon Webb) and Dodgers (Eric Gagne and Clayton Kershaw) as the only NL teams this century with two different Cy Young winners. Over his final 11 starts, he went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA, allowed just nine runs in 61 2/3 innings and held batters to a.155 average. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.

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