ESPN’s Michael Wilbon thinks Jacob deGrom shouldn’t win the Cy Young Award because of his record.
On “Pardon the Interruption,” Wilbon and co-host Tony Kornheiser discussed whether deGrom would finish second in NL Cy Young voting during the “Over and Under” segment.
Kornheiser argued that deGrom should win because he has the lowest ERA in the league, saying he sides with sabermetrics despite deGrom not having nearly as many wins — a more old-school metric — as Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer and Phillies stud Aaron Nola.
Wilbon, an analytics truther, told Kornheiser his take was “garbage.”
“If [deGrom] goes 8-11 and wins the Cy Young, then all the people voting for the Cy Young should be dismissed,” Wilbon blurted at the end of the segment.
With just two weeks remaining in the season, deGrom, 30, has been considered the best pitcher in baseball. His 1.71 ERA is the lowest in the big leagues while he’s struck out 239 in 195 innings pitched. Tuesday night’s 5-3 loss was deGrom’s 26th straight start in which he allowed three runs or fewer, a major league record.
Scherzer is second in the NL with a 2.31 ERA, while Nola sits in third at 2.42. DeGrom has been the victim of the Mets’ shameful run support in his starts.
Beyond the Cy Young Award, there have been discussions about deGrom being considered the MVP of the National League. Only 25 pitchers in MLB history have won the award, most recently Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers in 2014.
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