Mets ace Jacob deGrom was unanimously named 2018's Baseball Digest Pitcher of the Year, it was announced Thursday.
"It's a great honor," deGrom said in a press release. "I had a simple philosophy this season - to take it pitch-by-pitch and inning-by-inning. It was my job to put up zeros and that's what I tried to do. I tried to control what I could control. What I'm most proud of this year was my consistency."
DeGrom received all 15 first place votes while racking up 45 points. Max Scherzer was his closest competition (with 18 points), followed by Blake Snell, Justin Verlander, Aaron Nola, and Chris Sale.
Mookie Betts was named Player of the Year and Blake Treinen was named Relief Pitcher of the Year, though neither vote was unanimous.
DeGrom recently completed what SNY's Anthony McCarron called the sixth-best pitching season of the last 50 years, while posting insane stats along the way. Some of the most notable...
- Had a 1.70 ERA in 217 innings pitched, which was just the 10th instance since 1920 of a pitcher posting an ERA 1.70 or lower while tossing 200 innings or more.
- Became the only pitcher in MLB history to have a sub-2.00 ERA to go along with at least 260 strikeouts, 50 walks or fewer, and 10 home runs allowed or fewer.
- Allowed three runs or fewer in 29 straight starts -- the longest single-season streak in MLB history.
- Led the league in ERA, FIP (1.99), and ERA+ (216).
It is widely expected that deGrom will win the Cy Young award, which is announced on Nov. 14, and the fact that he unanimously won Baseball Digest's Pitcher of the Year award could be a sign of things to come.