The BBWAA’s Awards Week kept on rolling through Wednesday night, as this was the night for the National League and the American League to hand out the Cy Young Awards.
For the AL, there was no surprise as Shane Bieber took the honors. After finishing fourth in Cy Young voting last season, Bieber left no doubt that he was the best pitcher in the AL after 12 starts. He finished the year with a 1.63 ERA, 2.07 FIP, and an ERA- of 35 and a FIP- of 46. When it comes to both sets of stats, low numbers are good and Bieber was “rock bottom” in those regards. He had an undisputedly excellent season, and it’s not shocking that he picked up the award in unanimous fashion.
As far as the NL goes, there was much more intrigue as to who would get the award. In the midst of a stacked field of finalists, Trevor Bauer emerged as the 2020 NL Cy Young Award winner. Perhaps the most surprising part here is that Jacob deGrom actually finished third in the voting, while Yu Darvish pulled ahead for second place. Ultimately, Bauer finished with 27 first-place votes, so the voters had a clear winner in mind once it came time to cast their ballot. Bauer’s final ERA and FIP came out to 1.87 and 2.88, respectively. Notably, he went on a tear during the season’s final month — his ERA and FIP over his final five starts of the season were 1.29 and 2.28, respectively, over 35 innings. That’s probably where he won this award and now the state of Ohio can claim to be the State of Pitching for 2020, at least.
Max Fried ended up finishing fifth in NL Cy Young voting, with the highest vote being the five third-place votes that he picked up. Here’s hoping that once next season rolls around, he’ll pick up some second or even first-place votes if all goes well. It’s fun to dream about next year, isn’t it?
Anyways, tomorrow is the big day — the final day of the BBWAA Awards Week and that’ll be when the MVP awards will be announced. I think you all already know that it’ll probably be a good idea to tune in at 6 PM EST to either MLB Network or MLB.com.