Well, the announcement was officially made by the BBWAA deGrom was awarded with the NL Cy Young. A third consecutive National League Cy Young Award win would have allowed Scherzer to join Steve Carlton, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson and Roger Clemens as the only pitchers in baseball history to win the Cy Young Award four different times.
The 269 strikeouts in 32 games were a career best for deGrom.
Wins are just pointless because pitchers can't control everything on the field.
DeGrom received 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Snell is the second Cy Young victor in Rays history, joining David Price who won it in 2012.
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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.
DeGrom almost produced more wins above replacement than actual wins - a dubious sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics' Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. The Mets will give away 25,000 of these bobbleheads prior to a home game April 7 against Scherzer's Nationals. That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East.
Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola finished third.
Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston.
With 17 first-place votes, Snell won a tight race over Verlander.