DON'T LET HIS DISMAL RECORD FOOL YOU: JACOB DEGROM DESERVES THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CY YOUNG AWARD
THE CASE FOR Jacob deGrom's winning the Cy Young starts with his ERA, which is a minuscule 1.71, the best in baseball through Sept. 13. (Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is second, at 1.96.) Since the mound was lowered to its current 10-inch height after the 1968 season, only three men have had an ERA lower than DeGrom's over a full year: Zack Greinke with the Dodgers in 2015 (1.66), Greg Maddux with the Braves in 1994 (1.56) and in '95 (1.63), and Dwight Gooden with the Mets in '85 (1.53). Then there are the incalculable bonus points DeGrom deserves for performing so superbly despite his team's best efforts to crack him like an egg. The Mets haven't just wasted the 30-year-old righthander's brilliant season; they've been downright spiteful to it, limiting him to a mere eight wins against nine losses.
New York has scored three or fewer runs in 18 of DeGrom's 29 starts, and one or zero runs in nine of them. He hasn't allowed three runs or more since April 10—a run of 26 straight appearances—and his record in that span is an undeserving 6--9. Eight times DeGrom has gone seven innings or more, allowed one or zero runs and not gotten a victory. No stat this year in MLB is more galling than New York's 12--17 record in DeGrom's starts.
Yes, Nationals ace Max Scherzer has a sparkling 17--6 record, to go with an MLB-best 271 strikeouts and a 2.31 ERA. But there should be no debate: The Cy Young goes to the best pitcher, and that's DeGrom, in spite of his trash fire of a team.