Jacob deGrom, whose won-lost record was 10-9, had the fewest victories for a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher in a full season.
The previous low was 13 by the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez in the AL in 2010. The Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela was also a 13-game winner in the NL in 1981, but that season was shortened by nearly a third due to a players’ strike. The previous lowest victory total for a Cy Young winner in the NL was the Giants’ Tim Lincecum, who was 15-7 in 2009.
DeGrom also had fewer victories than two relievers who won Cy Young Awards – Mike Marshall, the 1974 NL winner who was 15-12 for the Dodgers, and Sparky Lyle, the 1977 AL winner who was 13-5 for the Yankees. The lowest victory total for any Cy Young Award winner was Dodgers closer Eric Gagne, who had a 2-3 record in 2003.
DeGrom’s 1.70 earned run average was the sixth lowest for any Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher behind Bob Gibson’s 1.12 for the Cardinals in 1968, Dwight Gooden’s 1.53 for the Mets in 1985, Greg Maddux’s 1.56 for the Braves in 1994 and his 1.63 for the Braves in 1995 and Dean Chance’s 1.65 for the Angels in 1964.
This election marked the sixth time a Mets pitcher has been honored. Tom Seaver won the award in 1969, 1973 and 1975, Gooden in 1985 and R.A. Dickey in 2012.
DeGrom, the NL Rookie of the Year winner in 2014, became the seventh former Rookie of the Year Award recipient to win a Cy Young Award. The others were Valenzuela, the only pitcher to win both awards in the same season (1981), Seaver, Gooden, Don Newcombe, Rick Sutcliffe and Justin Verlander.
DeGrom, Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola were listed on every ballot.
Ballots, submitted prior to postseason play, were cast by two writers representing each league city. They are tabulated on a system that awards seven points for first place, four points for second place, three points for third place, two votes for fourth place and one point for fifth place.
2018 NL Cy Young
|Jacob deGrom, Mets||29||1||207|
|Max Scherzer, Nationals||1||29||123|
|Aaron Nola, Phillies||27||2||1||86|
|Kyle Freeland, Rockies||2||17||9||49|
|Patrick Corbin, Diamondbacks||7||9||23|
|Miles Mikolas, Cardinals||1||1||8||13|
|Josh Hader, Brewers||1||2||4|
|Mike Foltynewicz, Braves||1||1||3|
|Jon Lester, Cubs||1||2|
Below is a breakdown of the 30 individual ballots, submitted by two writers representing each city in the National League. Note that in some cases (*), if there are not enough eligible voters in one chapter, a voter from another chapter will represent that city. For more information on the voting, see our Voting FAQ.
|Ryan Fagan||Sporting News||ATL||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Freeland|
|Zach Buchanan||The Athletic||AZ||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Freeland|
|Katsushi Nagao||Kyodo News||CHI||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Corbin|
|Mark Gonzales||Chicago Tribune||CHI||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Mikolas||Freeland|
|Bobby Nightengale||Cincinnati Enquirer||CIN||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Corbin|
|Jack Etkin||The SportsXchange||COL||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Mikolas|
|Hideki Okuda||Sports Nippon||LA||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Mikolas|
|J.P. Hoornstra||Southern California News Group||LA||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Freeland|
|Steven Wine||Associated Press||MIA||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Mikolas|
|Andrew Wagner||The Sports Xchange||MIL||DeGrom||Scherzer||Freeland||Nola||Hader|
|Todd Rosiak||Milwaukee Journal Sentinel||MIL||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Mikolas|
|Tim Britton||The Athletic||NY||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Corbin|
|Meghan Montemurro||The Athletic||PHI||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Freeland|
|Scott Lauber||Philadelphia Inquirer||PHI||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Corbin||Mikolas|
|John Perrotto||USA TODAY Sports||PIT||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Hader|
|Scott Miller||Bleacher Report||SD||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Foltynewicz||Freeland|
|John Maffei||San Diego Union-Tribune||SD||Scherzer||DeGrom||Mikolas||Nola||Freeland|
|Alex Pavlovic||NBC Sports Bay Area||SF||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Corbin|
|Henry Schulman||San Francisco Chronicle||SF||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Corbin|
|Mark Saxon||The Athletic||STL||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Mikolas|
|Ken Rosenthal||The Athletic||*WAS||DeGrom||Scherzer||Nola||Freeland||Mikolas|