"To be a Cy Young Award victor, you're in great company, and it truly is an honour". DeGrom toppled Scherzer in a landslide, taking home 29 of the 30 first-place votes (with Scherzer securing the other).
Max Scherzer's league-leading stats in most pitching categories weren't enough to retain the Cy Young Award against the guy who led the majors in the most important category: ERA.
The 30-year-old right-hander is under contractual control with NY through the 2020 season.
In siding overwhelmingly with deGrom, voters made perhaps the strongest declaration to date that the notion of evaluating pitchers by their win total is no longer viable.
The Cy Young victory for deGrom only further serves as a data point that voters have increasingly moved away from placing any real value on a pitcher's win-loss record when assessing his value; for all of his individual dominance in 2018, deGrom received virtually no run support and was saddled with a 10-9 record that was far from indicative of his consistent excellence. During one stretch late in the season, the Mets totaled 10 runs over seven of deGrom's outings, and the pitcher drove in four of those himself.
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DeGrom almost produced more wins above replacement than actual wins - an unfortunate sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics' Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937.
Scherzer also has a chance of finishing in the top 10 in NL MVP voting for the third straight year, with results set to be announced Thursday evening.
For the first time since 2015, Max Scherzer is not the NL Cy Young Award victor. Other Cy Young winners from the Mets include Dwight Gooden (1985), and Tom Seaver (1969, '73, '75). He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the World Series champion Red Sox, and 2-0 in two starts each against the Astros and Indians.
Down the stretch, Verlander was almost ideal in his final regular season starts in September, where he went 3-0 en route to the postseason. He got the first-place vote of John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 seconds and 123 points. Scherzer has now finished in the top five in Cy Young voting six consecutive seasons, winning three times, finishing second once and fifth twice.
Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston.