Tuesday night New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom broke a 118 year old record against the Miami Marlins by allowing three or fewer runs in 26 consecutive starts.
The Florida native went seven innings and allowed just three hits and two earned runs, but picked up the loss as the Mets fell 5-3 at home. deGrom broke Chicago Cubs’ Leslie Cole’s 25 game streak in 1910 after rain forced his record-breaking start to be pushed back multiple days.
The right hander not only leads the National League in earned run average (ERA) but the entire Major League with a mark of 1.71. He is the overall league leader by .25 over Boston’s Chris Sale and has an astonishing .58 cushion over Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola of the NL.
There should not be a debate over who should win the Cy Young in the NL, but with New York’s overall record standing at 65-78 there is. The Mets have been one of the worst organizations in baseball since making the World Series in 2015, and the lack of hitting and run support when deGrom takes the mound has been awful. The sub .500 record is the only knock on the 30-year-old’s 2018 resume, but it shouldn’t be.
No pitcher has ever won the Cy with a losing record, but we have yet to see one this dominant on a losing team. Sure, Seattle’s Felix Hernandez flirted with the award multiple times with a losing record before finally breaking through in 2010 with a 13-12 mark, but he was still not as dominant as deGrom. The Mets’ starter midway through July had 13 straight starts in which his club recorded three runs or fewer, the least amount of support for any pitcher with that amount of starts in the entire league.
Nola and Washington’s Max Scherzer are both having solid seasons as well and will be in contention for the award. The two starters have 15 and 16 wins respectively, while Nola edges out Scherzer in the ERA category 2.29-2.31.
Philadelphia is in the hunt for October which will only help Nola’s case, but deGrom has been outstanding compared to the other two. If the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year does not receive every single first place vote for the Cy Young Award it will be an embarrassment to baseball.
NL Cy Young- Jacob deGrom
In the American League it will be and should be a much tighter race. As of today, Sale leads his league in ERA, but has missed a decent portion of the season with an injury, only hindering his chance of taking the honor.
Tampa’s Blake Snell is tied for first with Cleveland’s Corey Kluber with 18 wins and sits in second place in overall ERA with a mark of 2.06. The 25-year-old lefty has won six straight starts and 14 of his last 18 overall. The Rays have been one of the best teams in the AL in the past six weeks, but like deGrom, they have all but been eliminated from postseason contention.
Kluber has the Indians in first place in the AL Central and will be pitching in the playoffs barring any setback before then. His ERA sits at 2.91, sixth in the AL and has only walked 29 batters all year.
Based on how the year has played out in both leagues, Snell should win the award in the AL. Tampa’s ace has been dominant on the mound and the Rays have given him a lot of scoring support in the process. When he is inactive they struggle mightily.
AL Cy Young- Blake Snell
I get that baseball is a team sport, but the Cy is strictly individual. A pitcher can only do so much to control wins and losses and it’s up to his team to help him out in the scoring category.
Both leagues have clear-cut winners in my eyes and if the voters snub deGrom based on his overall record they should be ashamed.