Looking Into the Crystal Ball: Predicting the 2020 MLB Award Winners

BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 10: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 10, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 10: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels looks on before a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on August 10, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) /
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National League Cy Young: Jacob deGrom – New York Mets

Another boring pick, but it will the accurate one. That’s not to say that DeGrom won’t have his challengers, the National League is stacked with young talented arms. Jack Flaherty, Walker Buehler, and those two aces in Washington are all pretty good, but none will be able to surpass the Mets right hander in 2020.

Last season, deGrom picked up his second consecutive Cy Young award after being lights out for a very non-supportive New York Mets team (for the second consecutive time…). Win total notwithstanding, he led baseball in pretty much every other conceivable metric. His 7.9 WAR was the highest among pitchers, and his 255 strikeouts led the senior circuit.

Not that he needs much help, but the Mets will bring back a more mature lineup this year, which should help deGrom improve on that win total. Come September, we will be asking ourselves the same question that Joseph Romano of Call to the Pen asked last year. The NL Cy Young will definitely prove to be a heated race, but when the dust settles, DeGrom will join Greg Maddux and Randy Johnson to become just the third pitcher ever to win three consecutive Cy Young awards.