Shorewood grad Blake Snell wins American League Cy Young award

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Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom received 29 of 30 possible first-place votes to win the NL Cy Young award on Wednesday.

"I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect", deGrom said. R.A. Dickey was the only other Met to win a Cy Young. Also receiving votes were Chris Sale of the Red Sox, Gerrit Cole of the Astros, Trevor Bauer of the Indians, Blake Treinen of the Athletics, Edwin Díaz of the Mariners, and Luis Severino of the Yankees.

DeGrom nearly won the award unanimously, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes with 207 total points. Other Cy Young winners from the Mets include Dwight Gooden (1985), and Tom Seaver (1969, '73, '75).

DeGrom had previously finished seventh in the Cy Young voting in 2015 and eighth in 2017. The Yankees roughed Snell up twice, but he got threw five scoreless innings in a victory August 16.

Down the stretch, Verlander was almost ideal in his final regular season starts in September, where he went 3-0 en route to the postseason.

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It all came together this year.

Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012.

Max Scherzer's league-leading stats in most pitching categories weren't enough to retain the Cy Young Award against the guy who led the majors in the most important category: ERA. Somers wasted no time in making fun of Maffei and the writer responded by ending the interview literally as soon as it started.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola finished third.

Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston. His second-place finish marks the sixth-straight season he has been in the top five in Cy Young voting. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.

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