Published: Sat, November 17, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mets' Jacob deGrom, Rays' Blake Snell capture 2018 Cy Young Awards

Mets' Jacob deGrom, Rays' Blake Snell capture 2018 Cy Young Awards

DeGrom's ERA is the sixth-lowest by a Cy Young victor, regardless of league.

Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012.

DeGrom almost produced more wins above replacement than actual wins - an unfortunate sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics' Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. He becomes the second Cy Young victor in Rays history, joining David Price (2012). Baseball-Reference calculated deGrom for 9.6 WAR.

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DeGrom finished the 2018 season with an MLB-best 1.70 ERA over 217 innings.

Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon has said there are provisions in Van Wagenen's contract "to deal with any conflicts of interest". That year, he was named an All-Star for the first time and finished seventh in the Cy Young balloting. The Mets will give away 25,000 of these bobbleheads prior to a home game April 7 against Scherzer's Nationals. He had another top-10 finish in 2017 (eighth). That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East.

Across town in the Bronx, Luis Severino is arguably the Yankees best pitcher and although deGrom has thrown 300 more innings than Severino, deGrom has him beat in career ERA, strikeouts, and WHIP. Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (123) received the other first-place vote while finishing second, and Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (86) was a distant third.

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Scherzer's lone first-place vote came from John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Although the lack of run support by the Amazins led to a poor win-loss record for deGrom it did not stop the BBWAA from nearly giving deGrom the award unanimously.

The subject of persistent trade rumors during the second half of the season, deGrom is under contract with the Mets for two more years.

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