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Jacob deGrom, who pitched for New York Mets team that finished the season eight games under .500 and only had a record of 10-9, yesterday won his first Cy Young Award - for a National League-leading 1.70 ERA, and a string of 29 consecutive starts in which he allowed earned runs or less (a streak he brings into the 2019 season).

ESPN writes that “deGrom received 29 first-place votes and 207 points in voting announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Washington's Max Scherzer got the other first-place vote and finished second while seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall.”

The story also notes that “despite his effectiveness on the mound, deGrom was frequently victimized by a lack of offensive production from his teammates. Pitching for a Mets club that finished eight games under .500 and ranked 12th in the NL in scoring, he received the worst run support in baseball (3.5 runs per game) … His 10 victories are the fewest ever by a Cy Young winner in a non-strike-shortened season, eclipsing the previous mark held by Felix Hernandez, who went 13-12 during his 2010 campaign.”
KC's View:
I’m thrilled with the deGrom win, and hope this persuades the Mets ownership to give him a long-term contract. (They probably won’t. They’ll probably trade him to the Yankees for an Edsel and a second-hand washing machine.)

It is about three months until pitchers and catchers report. Hope springs eternal.