Jacob deGrom has become the 11th pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards after being named the NL winner on Wednesday night.
Like last year, deGrom received all but one first place vote.
"Words can't express it," he said on MLB Network. "I said it was a dream to win one, but to win back-to-back, honestly I'm kind of speechless right now."
DeGrom joins Sandy Koufax, Denny McLain, Jim Palmer, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Max Scherzer. Scherzer most recently accomplished the feat after receiving the honor in 2016 and 2017.
He finished the season 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA (2nd in the NL) over 204 innings (3rd most in the NL) — 32 games. DeGrom walked 44 and gave up 19 home runs while striking out 255, 14 shy of his career-high 269 from a season before.
In 2019, deGrom led all NL pitchers in strikeouts (255), WAR (7.3), situational wins saved (5.0), base-out wins saved (4.9), base-out runs saved (44.14), adjusted pitching wins (4.2) and adjusted pitching runs (40), according to Baseball Reference.
He ended the season with 23 consecutive scoreless innings.
The right-handed pitcher started off his 2019 campaign hot after posting a 0.00 ERA in 13 innings and allowing just eight hits and two walks with 24 strikeouts — including a career-high 14 against the Miami Marlins in the second game of the season.
But following his first two hot starts, deGrom fizzled out for the remainder of April. His next three games, deGrom gave up 14 earned runs on 21 hits, including five home runs. In April, his ERA was 6.30.
Although his April was rocky, deGrom returned back to his usual form and went on a 23-start tear in which he went 8-3 with a 1.89 ERA.
DeGrom, who signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract in March, beat out Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Nationals.
Mets teammates sent deGrom congratulations via video chat.
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