Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom named Cy Young Award winners

Jacob de Grom and Felix Hernandez

Jacob de Grom and Felix Hernandez

Snell was a stalwart for a most unusual pitching staff, taking the ball every fifth day while manager Kevin Cash successfully experimented with reliever "openers" to start games in between. Led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB now features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. He led the Astros to the American League Championship Series after the 2017 World Series run. Philadelphia's Aaron Nola and Colorado's Kyle Freeland finished third and fourth, while Patrick Corbin, Miles Mikolas, Josh Hader, Mike Foltynewicz and Jon Lester rounded out the voting (full breakdown here).

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell was named the American League Cy Young Award victor Wednesday, culminating a breakout season in his first full year in the majors. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Snell returned on August 4 in a four-inning start and then reeled off nine consecutive wins.

Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012.

Scherzer's lone first-place vote came from John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune. His second-place finish marks the sixth-straight season he has been in the top five in Cy Young voting.

Thus did Scherzer, whose 2.53 ERA ranked third in the NL behind deGrom and Nola (2.37), come up short in his quest for back-to-back-to-back Cy Young Awards, a feat previously achieved only by Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson.

Scherzer had another spectacular season, leading the league with a career-high 300 strikeouts. The victim of precious little run support from his Mets teammates all season, deGrom finished with a pedestrian 10-9 record, by far the lowest win total ever for a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.

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