Awards week continued Wednesday night with the Cy Young Award announcement. New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom and Tampa Bay Rays lefty Blake Snell were named as winners by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
DeGrom beat out Washington’s Max Scherzer and Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola for the honor. He earned 29 of 30 first place votes. Snell received 17 of 30 first place votes to best Houston’s Justin Verlander for the award in the American League. Cleveland’s Corey Kluber finished second.
Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz finished eighth in the voting receiving one fourth place and one fifth place vote.
DeGrom finished with a 1.70 ERA (1.99 FIP) while tossing a career-best 217 innings. He recorded 269 strikeouts and was worth 8.8 fWAR. Snell had an equally strong season posting a 1.89 ERA (2.95 FIP) in 180 2/3 innings. He struck out 221 batters and was worth 4.6 fWAR per FanGraphs.
Interestingly, the Atlanta Braves fared well against the Mets and deGrom despite his dominant numbers. DeGrom made six starts against Atlanta but was just 1-2 despite allowing just four earned runs in 41 innings. He struck out 50 and walked just six.
Snell faced Atlanta once in 2018 and took a loss despite allowing just four hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings.