Before dressing up as “Daddy Shark” yesterday, Hyun-Jin Ryu was off to a fast start for the Dodgers in 2019. For the months of May through July, Ryu had a stellar ERA of 1.28, and an 8-1 record. He was the clear front-runner to win the NL Cy Young Award, but like so many athletes, Ryu hit a slump.
The slump could have been due to injury or in need of rest days. Some opine that his working relationship with rookie Will Smith may have played a role. Whatever the case may have been, it affected his outings on the mound.
While the lefty still leads baseball in ERA (2.41) with one start remaining in 2019, the competition closed in on him in a hurry.
Now, Mets ace Jacob deGrom has put together a strong three months to end the season and cast a little more doubt on Babe Ryuth. The reigning NL Cy Young award winner has an ERA of 1.52, and a 7-1 record from July-September. deGrom has performed better than Ryu in the latter half of the season, and that could lead him to the NL Cy Young Award. However, deGrom has additional competition.
Laughs in Hyun Jin Ryu https://t.co/Qpw5nWXKoA
— ???? (@FastTimesAtRF) September 25, 2019
Washington’s Max Scherzer has also dominated the National League, when healthy. Scherzer has a 2.92 ERA throughout the season, but only 11 wins. However, what stands out is his ability to strikeout batters. He has 243 strikeouts, and keeps the Nationals in games when he’s on the mound.
Mad Max’s teammate Steven Strasburg leads the National League in wins with 18. He also paces the senior circuit in innings pitched with 209, and his 3.32 ERA is in the top-10. The 31 year-old is right behind deGrom and Scherzer first third in strikeouts with 241.
MLB pundits have swayed their Cy Young votes toward Jacob deGrom over the last few weeks. With Ryu’s August/September swoon, and deGrom’s strong finish his season, the Mets ace is heading toward joining elite company as a winner in consecutive seasons.
10 pitchers have won at least TWO STRAIGHT Cy Young Awards
Clemens (1986-87; 1997-98)
Will deGrom join the group?
— Jason Catania (@JayCat11) September 25, 2019
Be fair an unbiased, is Ryu still your Cy Young award winner?