2019 NL Cy Young Finalists: who will win

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Washington Nationals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 06: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Washington Nationals in game three of the National League Division Series at Nationals Park on October 6, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) /
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Who wins the NL Cy Young?

Jacob deGrom dazzled his way to earning his third All-Star appearance.

The defending NL Cy Young award winner had an amazing season, although it certainly was not as good as his last season.  Honestly, how could it though?  He put together an amazing season last year and it would be hard to top that.

He most definitely gave it a go though.  He went 11-8 with a 2.48 ERA in 32 starts with 255 strikeouts in 204 1/3 innings pitched.  Those 255 strikeouts were good enough to lead the National League.

deGrom is as steady as rock.  Despite the crazy that always seems to happen in the Mets front office, this guy goes out and does his job day in and day out just like any pro should.

He posted the best strikeout ratio of his career, striking out 11.3 every nine innings.  Unfortunately, no matter what he did this season it just didn’t feel like it was enough in the end.

I think his season would be looked at differently had it not been for his insanely amazing Cy Young award-winning season last year.  Without those benchmarks for himself, this might have been a no-brainer.

Unfortunately, the other two candidates also had amazing years and that is not including Scherzer’s amazing postseason.  This season was good, just not good enough for deGrom to repeat as the NL Cy Young.