It's official: Jacob deGrom is a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, which he is expected to win when the results of voting are announced on Nov. 14.
MLB announced the three finalists Monday night, and all pitchers came from the NL East.
There's deGrom, who led the majors with a 1.70 ERA. The 30-year-old went 10-9 and struck out 269 batters in 217 innings, also leading the league with a 0.4 HR/9 rate.
The Nationals' Max Scherzer is another finalist after leading the majors with 18 wins, 220 2/3 innings and 300 strikeouts. Scherzer had a 2.53 ERA in 33 games.
The third finalist is the Phillies' Aaron Nola, who went 17-6 with a 2.37 ERA and 224 strikeouts in 212 1/3 innings.
DeGrom is coming off what SNY contributor 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).