Cy Young awards handed out

The Prince George Citizen - - Sports -

NEW YORK (CP) — After a sea­son marred by nar­row de­feats, Ja­cob de­Grom be­came a run­away win­ner.

The New York Mets ace eas­ily won the Na­tional League Cy Young Award on Wed­nes­day night, a re­ward for a his­tor­i­cally fruit­less sea­son in Flush­ing. The right-han­der won just 10 games, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-win­ning starter.

De­Grom eas­ily beat out Wash­ing­ton’s Max Scherzer, who was seek­ing a third straight Cy Young and fourth over­all. De­Grom got 29 first­place votes and 207 points from mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. Scherzer had the other first­place vote.

Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays nar­rowly beat out past win­ners Justin Ver­lan­der and Corey Klu­ber for his first AL Cy Young after lead­ing the ma­jors with 21 vic­to­ries.

In his first sea­son after chop­ping off his dis­tinc­tive long hair, de­Grom cut down hit­ters from start to fin­ish de­spite lit­tle help from team­mates.

He had a 1.70 ERA, the low­est in the NL since Zack Greinke’s 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-han­der went 10-9, eclips­ing the low bar among starters set by Seat­tle’s Fe­lix Her­nan­dez when he took the award with 13 vic­to­ries in 2010.

De­Grom al­lowed three runs or fewer in 29 con­sec­u­tive starts to close the sea­son, break­ing Les­lie “King” Cole’s 108-yearold record of 26 such out­ings. Yet the Mets were 11-18 in those games and 14-18 over­all with de­Grom on the mound.

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