By: Rob Schardt
If I say the name Jacob deGrom, what comes to mind? Cy Young? Wins? ERA?
This season Jacob deGrom has been on full display full of dominance that any baseball fan can appreciate. With every start, it feels as if he makes history with each passing inning. deGrom made history during his last start where he finished the game, allowing two earned runs. This was his 26th straight start that he has allowed 3 runs or fewer. This created a lot of buzz because that broke a 108-year-old record that was set by Lesile “King” Cole in 1908.
If deGrom does not win the Cy Young award, I will question everything about what defines a Cy Young award winner. We are all aware that the Mets stink, but deGrom pitches his guts out every fifth day so he should not suffer with them. Through 28 outings, deGrom is 8-9 with a 1.71 ERA and has struck out 230 batters. Now, take out the win column and now that is a Cy Young caliber season. I can’t really begin to comprehend why wins matter in this situation. Over the past couple of seasons, baseball sabermetrics people have been talking about getting rid of the win statistic. This is due in part that relievers are used a lot more and appear much earlier in games.
Pitchers can only do so much for their team and cannot control whether or not their team gives them run support. Stats are important because they will never lie and deGrom’s more than prove themselves. If someone has a 1.71 ERA, they should win about every single one of their games so seeing a losing record like this is mind boggling. Seeing a number like this in the ERA column is pure insanity for a pitcher to post numbers like this with a decision column that is painful to look at. Being a stat geek myself, I would hate to see the win/lose decision column gone from baseball, but in this scenario I think we need to make an exception.
Pitchers across baseball have voiced their support for deGrom winning the Cy Young including Kyle Freeland, R.A Dickey and Doc Gooden. Everyone across the sport knows how bad of a situation deGrom is in this year and it has become a clear debate whether or not deGrom deserves the Cy Young award. The award is a tight race with pitchers Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola dealing at a high level, but their ERA’s do not stack up against deGrom’s. It should be an interesting rest of the season to see how this plays out, but I do know Jake will continue to make his case stronger.
It is time to change the past and bend the rules a bit to give the best pitcher in the league a Cy Young award even though his “wins” aren’t up to par. Wins do not dictate what a pitcher means to a team, but a quick look at his other stats and one should change their mind.
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