The Nationals' Max Scherzer is tied for the MLB lead with 15 wins and ranks second in the National League with his 2.19 ERA.
But Mets manager Mickey Callaway believes his ace, Jacob deGrom, who only has six wins despite leading the majors with a 1.77 ERA, should be the frontrunner for the National League Cy Young Award.
"I think if we ended the season right now, he should win it," Callaway said prior to deGrom's start on Monday. "I think it's probably twice as impressive to see what he's done with the run support he's gotten compared to the pitchers who get tons of it. It's part of pitching in those high-stress situations."
DeGrom is 6-7 and has been let down by a lack of run support or a poor bullpen effort several times this season, while Scherzer, who took a no-decision Sunday night despite throwing seven scoreless innings against the Cubs, is 15-5. But despite the disparity in win totals, Callaway doesn't believe that should necessarily dictate who is the better pitcher.
The two NL East rivals are among the top pitchers in the league. Scherzer ranks No. 1 in strikeouts (227), while deGrom is tied for second (183). Scherzer's WHIP is 0.88, while deGrom's is 0.96. Scherzer has a 7.1 WAR, deGrom 6.9.
Callaway said deGrom won't have an innings restriction going forward, although he said the team will monitor how many innings he logs.
When Callaway was the pitching coach of the Indians, he helped lead Corey Kluber to two American League Cy Young Awards -- in 2014 and 2017.
Perhaps deGrom will be next.