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Dodgers News: Hyun-Jin Ryu Finishes Second in Cy Young Voting

Babe Ryuth comes up just a bit short.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 02: Hyun-Jin Ryu #99 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts during the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium on April 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

The day has finally come. We now know who the winner of the NL Cy Young Award is. It is not Hyun-Jin Ryu.

deGrom Wins

Instead of Hyun-Jin Ryu, the winner of the 2019 NL Cy Young was New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom. The 31-year-old deGrom also won the award in 2018. He posted an excellent 2.43 ERA while striking out 255 batters over 204 innings.

Ryu Ties Scherzer

In comparison, free agent left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched to the tune of a 2.32 ERA with 163 strikeouts across 182 2/3 innings of work. In the voting, Ryu tied Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer for second place.

Scherzer was the third member of the group of finalists for this year’s Cy Young and he certainly impressed. The 35-year-old veteran ace posted a 2.92 ERA with 243 strikeouts in 172 1/3 innings pitched.

Buehler and Kershaw Receive Votes

The Dodgers’ starting rotation was not just anchored by the Korean left-hander Ryu. The club received admirable contributions from budding ace Walker Buehler and one of the best pitchers of the generation in Clayton Kershaw.

Clayton Kershaw finished eighth in the voting with a singular third place vote (interesting). Walker Buehler received a singular fourth place vote for his work on the mound this season, placing him ninth overall in voting.

Overall Dominance

Overall, this season was a special one in terms of the pitching talent that was seen out of the National League. In any given season, Ryu could have won. deGrom, Scherzer, and Stephen Strasburg all had cases. Even the second-half push from Jack Flaherty could have been close in some seasons. This year, though, they got the winner correct. Still, hats off to a spectacular season from the Korean Monster, Hyun-Jin Ryu.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. What could deGrom do without his electric stuff? Ryu’s season was more impressive, especially with his junk. I guess they only prefer the junk thrower when the Mets have a Cy Young candidate going against Kershaw (who was that knuckleballer who beat him again?)

  2. Great for the Dodgers… that is if they want to keep Ryu. His negotiating power thru Scott Boras just came back into the atmosphere. Offer him a three year contract guarantee with a player option, loaded with incentives and two years of club options for three years and see if he can do it at least two years in a row. I think he might fall on his sword and return to normal results, ie, out half the year, no good on the road, etc;

  3. Ryu had a very decent year, but to continue as a solid future pitcher to many injuries on the injured list will continue and most likely not get any better. I feel his continuance to do as well in 2020 will not happen , nor will he ever have a year like 2019 I really hope that he could , but even in 2019 I had many fears of him failing to perform with consistency and feel that his 2019 year would be his last “good” year .I hope I am wrong. The Dodgers should concentrate on consistency in what is on the…. F. A. MARKET TODAY .Good luck LA.

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