After an impressive 2018 campaign, New York Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has won the National League Cy Young Award, receiving 29 of the possible 30 first place votes.
In a season where deGrom posted a league-best 1.70 ERA, which was the fifth-lowest mark since 1996, the pitcher could not seem to buy wins, ending 2018 with a 10-9 record. deGrom allowed the fewest home runs per nine innings (0.4) and threw a career-high 217 innings with a WHIP of .912, another career-best.
deGrom’s 269 strikeouts were also a career-high, and were second-best in the NL behind Max Scherzer (MLB-leading 300). deGrom posted 11 double-digit strikeout performances.
It seemed as if every time deGrom was on the mound, he was breaking a record, some good, and others, sad. Among the unfortunate, deGrom broke the single-season record for most games allowing one run or fewer in at least six innings without registering a win.
deGrom closed the season with 24 straight quality starts and 29 straight starts of three runs or fewer, both MLB single-season records. His 216 ERA+ led the NL and was the fifth-best since the turn of the century.
Though the pitcher’s future with the Mets is unclear at the moment, with his agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, being selected as the new general manager for the Mets, deGrom certainly had a memorable season with New York, capped off by being the recipient of his first ever Cy Young Award.