After months of talk and anticipation, Jacob deGrom is finally the 2018 Cy Young award winner.
deGrom had a historical season and here are some numbers to prove it:
- His 1.70 mark not only led the NL by a wide margin, it was MLB’s sixth lowest among qualifying pitchers since the league lowered the mound to its current height in 1969.
- deGrom ranked second in the NL in innings and strikeouts. He set Major League records for consecutive quality starts and consecutive starts of three or fewer runs.
- deGrom’s league-leading ERA+, which is adjusted for league and ballpark factors, ranked 24th among qualified starters in Major League history.
- He led all MLB pitchers in WAR.
- deGrom led NL pitchers in barrels per plate appearance and expected on-base percentage, both weighted and unweighted.
deGrom’s 2018 was statistically one of the greatest seasons by any pitcher in the last half century. His pitching performance was one of the reasons why I continued to watch the Mets after a dreadful season. Thank you and congratulations to Jacob deGrom.