Jacob deGrom Wins NL Cy Young Award

Mets' Ace Named The League's Best Pitcher For The Second Straight Year

Brandon Contes
November 13, 2019 - 6:35 pm

After a historic 2018, Jacob deGrom continued his dominance in 2019, becoming just the 11th pitcher to win back to back Cy Young awards. The Mets ace fell one vote shy of a unanimous decision.

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His season finished similarly to the way it started. deGrom opened 2019 with 13 scoreless innings and closed the year with 23 straight shutout innings. The Mets’ ace encountered some struggles during the year, with an ERA approaching 4 by the middle of May. After giving up six earned runs on May 17, deGrom buckled down for an ERA of just 1.89 the rest of the season, going 8-3 in the 23 starts.

deGrom's ERA and WHIP both jumped from a season ago. His strikeouts and innings pitched decreased and the ace gave up nearly double the amount of homeruns that were hit off him in 2018. But that's a testament to how strong his historic 2018 campaign was.

Although deGrom’s 2019 production fell short of his 2018 year, it was still a season worthy of winning the Cy Young Award. deGrom posted an 11-8 record, with a 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts in 204 innings.

The Mets' Jacob deGrom delivers a pitch against the Dodgers on Sept. 3, 2018, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

His top competitors for the award Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers finished 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA with 163 strikeouts in 182 ²/₃ innings. Max Scherzer of the Nationals went 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 243 K’s in 172 ¹/₃ innings.

deGrom joins a very short list of back-to-back Cy Young winners: Sandy Koufax, Denny McLain, Jim Palmer, Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, Greg Maddux, Randy Johnson, Tim Lincecum, Clayton Kershaw and Scherzer.

Of that group, Koufax, Palmer, Martinez, Maddux and Johnson are in the Hall of Fame. Clemens remains on the ballot with numbers deserving of the Hall-of-Fame, while Kershaw and Scherzer will likely join them in Cooperstown eventually.

deGrom’s bid for the Hall-of-Fame started later than most, not making his Major League debut until he was almost 26 years old. The now 31-year old pitcher is working to make up for lost time, posting back to back Cy Young seasons. The Mets are hoping there’s plenty left in the tank for deGrom, signing him to a $137.5 million, 5-year deal prior to the start of last season.

Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson are the only pitchers to win more than two Cy Young awards in a row, having each earned the award in four consecutive seasons.