2020 MLB awards predictions

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts at the conclusion of Game Two of the National League Wild Card Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park on October 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 01: Freddie Freeman #5 of the Atlanta Braves reacts at the conclusion of Game Two of the National League Wild Card Series against the Cincinnati Reds at Truist Park on October 1, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Indians SP Shane Bieber tosses a pitch.
Cleveland Indians SP Shane Bieber tosses a pitch. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Cy Young

National League: Trevor Bauer, Cincinnati Reds

The NL Cy Young award race has not been a close race. Trevor Bauer will take home this award, with ease. During his 2020 campaign with the Cincinnati Reds, Bauer led the NL in ERA (1.73), hits per nine innings (5.06), WHIP (0.795), and opponent batting average (.159). Simply put, this was the best season of his career and an all-time season pitching performance. This MLB awards race was a runaway.

Other finalists: Yu Darvish, Chicago Cubs, and Jacob deGrom, New York Mets

American League: Shane Bieber, Cleveland Indians 

The AL Cy Young award race looked quite similar. An absolute runaway. A race for second place. A blowout. Shane Bieber dominated AL hitters for the Cleveland Indians. Bieber ran away with the majority of the AL statistical categories including pitching WAR (3.3), ERA (1.63), wins (8), hits per nine innings (5.353), strikeouts (122), and strikeouts per nine innings (14.198). Several of these numbers, including WAR, ERA, and strikeouts led the entire big leagues.

Other finalists: Kenta Maeda, Minnesota Twins, and Hyun Jin Ryu, Toronto Blue Jays

Historic MLB Cy Young winners

Announcement Date: Wednesday, November 11th