Cy-zilla! Snell edges Verlander for AL Cy Young Award

Jacob de Grom of the New York Mets

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Both deGrom and Snell are first-time Cy Young winners. Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies was third with 86 points, followed by Colorado's Kyle Freeland and Arizona's Patrick Corbin.

Jacob deGrom was the best pitcher in baseball in 2018 and when looking at the advanced analytics, it wasn't even close.

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Despite winning just 10 games, deGrom took home the award on the strength of a 1.70 ERA. The fewest wins by any starting pitcher to win the Cy Young Award before him was 13 - Fernando Valenzuela went 13-7 in 25 starts in 1981 and Felix Hernandez went 13-12 in 34 starts in 2010. Taking nothing away from the 2017 rookie of the year and possibly a future MVP, but I'll take deGrom's consistent quality starts that makes a team feel like they already won the game before it started. Scherzer finished second with the lone other first-place tally and 29 second-place votes. That was the lowest mark since Zack Greinke's in 2015, and the second lowest in the last 23 seasons in Major League Baseball.

If you're a radio host trying to jokingly shame a baseball writer about his Cy Young Award vote, maybe make it clearer that you're joking? The 25-year-old left-hander pitched just 180 2/3 innings, 33 1/3 fewer than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate. He went 9-2 with a 2.00 ERA against the league's five playoff teams (the Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's and Houston Astros). His 10 victories are the fewest ever by a Cy Young victor in a non-strike-shortened season, eclipsing the previous mark held by Felix Hernandez, who went 13-12 during his 2010 campaign.

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With 17 first-place votes, Snell won a tight race over Verlander. He received one third, one fourth and eight fifth-place votes from the Baseball Writers Association. He was attempting to become the first player since Randy Johnson to win three consecutive Cy Youngs.

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