DeGrom’s Cy Young Award Puts Cherry on Ugly Mets’ 2018
Had the New York Mets been able to occasionally post some runs for Jacob deGrom, he likely would have gotten all 30 first place votes for NL Cy Young.
As it stands, though, deGrom took 29 of the 30 possible first place votes winning the award going away despite his 10-9 record. Again, that record was more a reflection of a the fact that he pitched on a bad team, not that he virtually ever pitched bad in 2018.
DeGrom's 1.70 ERA led the majors (the only pitcher close was AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell at 1.89) and he struck out 269 in 217 innings. In pitching one of the greatest seasons in Mets' history, deGrom allowed four runs in just one outing 2018.
He did all this on a team that was awful. Mickey Callaway's first season as Mets' manager started with a spark as the team went 11-1 in its first twelve games. From there the bottom fell out as the team would finish 2018 at 77-85.
DeGrom becomes the fourth Met to win the award, joining Tom Seaver, Doc Gooden and R.A. Dickey.
Washington's Max Scherzer received the other first place vote for the award.