Slightly over a 12 months in the past, Robbie Ray needed to accept a one-year, $8 million cope with the Blue Jays after posting a 6.62 ERA and strolling extra batters than every other pitcher. Now, he has a Cy Young Award to his identify.
Ray gained the American League Cy Young Award by practically a unanimous vote, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes. Within the Nationwide League, Corbin Burnes narrowly beat out Philadelphia’s Zack Wheeler in one of many closest Cy Young Award votes in historical past.
Ray, 30, led the AL in ERA (2.84), strikeouts (248), WHIP (1.05) and innings pitched (193.1), with a 13-7 document over 32 begins. His 13 wins are tied for the fewest for an AL Cy Young Award winner in historical past, becoming a member of Félix Hernández in 2010. Ray’s win marks the fifth time a Blue Jays pitcher has gained the award, becoming a member of Roy Halladay (2003), Roger Clemens (1997, 1998) and Pat Hentgen (1996). Ray is a free agent once more this winter and among the many most sought-after arms in the marketplace.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole completed in second place for the second time in his profession, notching the opposite first-place vote and 29 of 30 second-place votes, whereas Chicago’s Lance Lynn got here in third.
Burnes beat out Wheeler by a minuscule 10 factors, tied for the fourth-fewest for the reason that ballots expanded from three to 5 pitchers in 2010. Every obtained 12 first-place votes, with Max Scherzer getting the opposite six. Burnes, 27, had the bottom ERA (2.43) and highest strikeout fee (12.6 Okay/9) within the majors, posting a 11–5 document with 234 strikeouts over 167 innings.
Burnes is the third Brewers pitcher to win the award and first within the NL, alongside Rollie Fingers (1981) and Pete Vuckovich (1982) when the Brewers competed within the AL. Scherzer was denied his fourth Cy Young Award, a feat solely completed by 4 gamers: Roger Clemens (seven), Randy Johnson (5), Greg Maddux (4) and Steve Carlton (4).
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