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Jacob deGrom finished off one of arguably the best seasons by a pitcher in the history of pitching yesterday.


With another gem -- 8 innings, 2 hits (both singles), 10 strikeouts, and no walks against the Braves -- deGrom finishes the season with a 1.70 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 269 strikeouts in 32 starts. Those are Cy Young numbers if I've ever seen them.

This is, hands down, one of the most impressive seasons any pitcher has ever had. Whether you want to cite his 30 consecutive starts of three runs or less (he only gave up four once, in his third start of the season), his 269:46 strikeout-to-walk ratio, or even the fact that he allowed just 10 home runs in 217 innings, this is a Cy Young season for deGrom.

The one and only blemish in his Cy Young candidacy is he's got 10 wins against nine losses. But that's out of deGrom's control as proven by the following stat.

His only competition for the award is two-time defending Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who compiled an 18-7 record with a 2.53 ERA, a 0.91 WHIP and 300 strikeouts in 220 2/3 innings. DeGrom has a lower ERA and the same WHIP, but it could be the lack of wins and the magic number of 300 Ks that puts Mad Max ahead of The deGrominator on some Cy Young ballots.

Scherzer was better than everyone else this year, other than deGrom. The Mets' ace deserves the Cy Young Award, but it remains to be seen if voters will give it to a pitcher with just 10 wins on the season.


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