Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom win 2018 Cy Young awards

Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Blake Snell and New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom were named the winners of the Cy Young Award in the American and National League, respectively, the Baseball Writers' Association of America announced on Wednesday.

Snell led the majors with 21 victories, while deGrom lead the majors with a 1.70 ERA despite a 10-9 record.

The 25-year-old Snell received 17 first-place votes and 169 total points to edge Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander (13, 154). Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber (4, 71) was third and Boston left-hander Chris Sale (2, 59) was fourth.

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"This means a whole lot," Snell said. "It's something I wanted to achieve this year. I had this goal in mind. I put in the work, and it means a whole lot to me."

He added: "Knowing I won it against two of the greats -- Kluber and Verlander -- it's amazing."


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The 30-year-old deGrom was a landslide winner by receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes and totaling 207 points. Washington Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer (123) received the other first-place vote while finishing second, and Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola (86) was a distant third.

"This was one of my goals," deGrom said. "The team didn't end up where we wanted to be this past season, but you kind of set personal goals, and I think being able to accomplish something that has been a dream of yours is just something special. To be a Cy Young Award winner, you're in great company, and it truly is an honor."

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First base, AL: Matt Olson, Oakland Athletics

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First base, NL: Freddie Freeman, Atlanta Braves

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First base, NL: Anthony Rizzo, Chicago Cubs

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Second base, AL: Ian Kinsler, Boston Red Sox

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Second base, NL: DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies

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Third base, AL: Matt Chapman, Oakland Athletics

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Third base, NL: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Shortstop, AL: Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels

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Shortstop, NL: Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Catcher, AL: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

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Catcher, NL: Yadier Molina, St. Louis Cardinals

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Left field, AL: Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals

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Left field, NL: Corey Dickerson, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Center field, AL: Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston Red Sox

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Center field, NL: Ender Inciarte, Atlanta Braves

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Right field, AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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Right field, NL: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

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Pitcher, AL: Dallas Keuchel, Houston Astros

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Pitcher, NL: Zack Greinke, Arizona Diamondbacks

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DeGrom's win total is the lowest for a Cy Young winner. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela (13-7 in strike-shortened 1981) and the Seattle Mariners' Felix Hernandez (13-12 in 2010) shared the previous low victory total.

DeGrom's ERA is the sixth-lowest by a Cy Young winner, regardless of league. His selection marks the sixth time a Mets pitcher has won the award, adding to the awards won by Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975), Dwight Gooden (1985) and R.A. Dickey (2012).

DeGrom struck out 269 (second in the NL) in 217 innings, both career bests.


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Snell led the AL with a 1.89 ERA while going 21-5 with 221 strikeouts in 31 starts. He also held batters to a league-low .178 average and limited opponents to a .088 average (10-for-114) with runners in scoring position -- the latter being the lowest by an AL pitcher since the league began using a designated hitter in 1973.

Snell joins David Price (2012) as the only Rays to win the Cy Young.

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Catcher, AL: Salvador Perez, Kansas City Royals

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Catcher, NL: J.T. Realmuto, Miami Marlins

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First base, AL: José Abreu, Chicago White Sox

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First base, NL: Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Second base, AL: Jose Altuve, Houston Astros

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Second base, NL: Javier Báez, Chicago Cubs

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Third base, AL: Alex Bregman, Houston Astros

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Third base, NL: Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies

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Shortstop, AL: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland Indians

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Shortstop, NL: Trevor Story, Colorado Rockies

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Outfield, AL: Mookie Betts, Boston Red Sox

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Outfield, AL: J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

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Outfield, AL: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

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Outfield, NL: Christian Yelich, Milwaukee Brewers

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Outfield, NL: David Peralta, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Outfield, NL: Nick Markakis, Atlanta Braves

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Designated hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston Red Sox

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Pitcher: German Marquez, Colorado Rockies

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Verlander, who won the Cy Young in 2011, finished second for the third time and was part of the top five for the seventh time. He went 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA and an AL-leading 290 strikeout in 34 starts.

Scherzer led the majors with a career-high 300 strikeouts. The three-time Cy Young winner went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA in 33 starts.

--Field Level Media

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