The Mets ace beat out Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Nationals to become just the 11th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win consecutive Cy Young awards, it was revealed Wednesday.
Verlander led his team in 21 of its regular season wins, the most of any pitcher in the 2019 season. He no-hit Toronto on September 1 and padded his Hall of Fame resume by getting his 3,000th strikeout in his final start of the regular season. DeGrom kicked back into his 2018 form and would post a 1.89 ERA the rest of the season as he finished 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a league-leading 255 strikeouts in 204 innings. BBWAA initially listed Scherzer tied for second place in the voting with Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu. Ryu received 10 second-place votes, not six.
The previous repeat victor was Washington's Max Scherzer (2016-17). He finished second to Cole in ERA (2.58) and strikeouts (300).
Mets right-hander deGrom had an impressive resume this season, only throwing 19 home runs while facing 804 batters this season.
Tampa Bay Rays righty Charlie Morton completed third a 12 months right after leaving Houston in no cost company. He may very well have won the NL Cy Young Award had it not been for a brief IL trip due to discomfort in his neck and some ensuing struggles in his return. He got hit around in April and May, even allowing seven runs in an outing against the last-place Marlins. Dallas Keuchel took AL honors in 2015, and Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) won the award when the Astros were in the National League. During two seasons with the analytics-driven Astros, he went 35-10 with a 2.68 ERA and 13.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Scherzer would have received a $250,000 bonus for finishing in second place, according to his contract.
"I know that Gerrit had a great time playing here and I know he would like to return, if possible, " Verlander said.
In the final two seasons of the five-year deal, the increase is calculated as the rise from October to October in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.