Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Cy Youngs: Repeat Offenders

We've reached the point again where we can just coast and give great pitchers their umpteenth Cy Young awards. It's a throwback to the Johnson-Clemens years, just with less scumminess.

It's not like they don't deserve it, too. Verlander had his best season in years, eclipsing even last year, when he SHOULD HAVE won over Blake Snell. He's a league-talent, a future Hall of Famer, and he was dominant throughout the 2019 season. He was the one I knew was gonna win.

deGrom's was slightly in question. I may be alone in this, but I seriously thought Stephen Strasburg should have been considered more. He had his best season to date, he's a strikeout machine, and his numbers were league highs. Perhaps neither league is ready to really reward strikeout achievements again (as evidenced by Cole not winning either. Still, of the three that made the finals for this one, DeGrom clearly had the best case. A league-leading 255 strikeouts, a 2.43 ERA, only 19 home runs allowed, and a 0.971 WHIP. Amazing stuff, especially considering he turned 31 this year. Hope he keeps it up.

These two are good for baseball, and I'm glad they both got awarded for it this year.

Tomorrow, we get our MVPs. I'm personally predicting we end up with repeat winners here as well, but I could be wrong on the NL side.

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