Rays lefty Blake Snell and Mets ace Jacob deGrom are your 2018 Cy Young Award winners.
The Baseball Writers Association of America named Snell the winner after he became just the fourth pitcher since the adoption of the designated hitter in the American League to post an ERA less than 2.00 in the AL.
Blake Snell is the AL Cy Young Award winner. He’s one of 4 AL pitchers since the adoption of the DH to have posted an ERA under 2.00: Ron Guidry, Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez & him. Second best ERA in MLB: 1.89. Second Tampa Bay Ray to win the award; joins David Price.
The 25-year-old finished with a 1.89 ERA, which was the second best in all of MLB, and won 21 games while striking out 221 batters.
Snell’s 180 2/3 innings is the fewest ever for a Cy Young winner, surpassing Clayton Kershaw, who tossed 198 1/3 innings in 2014.
Snell won the award over Justin Verlander with 17 first, 11 second and two third-place votes for 169 points. Verlander finished with 154 points while Indians starter Corey Kluber placed third with 71 total points.
deGrom won this year’s National League Cy Young award after posting a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings pitched. He struck out 269 batters, trailing only Nationals starter Max Scherzer (300).
The Mets ace won in a landslide by taking home 29 of 30 first-place votes. He finished with 207 points to Scherzer’s 123.
deGrom did this despite posting the fewest victories ever for a Cy Young award-winning pitcher with 10. He finished the year 10-9.
His 1.70 ERA was the sixth lowest ever for a Cy Young Award winner and the lowest since Greg Maddux’s 1.63 in 1995.
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