The 2019 Cy Young Award will be presented for both leagues on November 13th and will feature six pitchers that had stellar seasons this year. In the American League you will have teammates Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander from the Houston Astros and Charlie Morton from the Tampa Bay Rays. The National League will feature two previous winners in Jacob DeGrom from the New York Mets and Max Scherzer from the Washington Nationals. The other finalist for the National League will be Hyun-Jin Ryu from the Los Angeles Dodgers who is making is first appearance as a finalist. Below you will find the stats of each finalist and a prediction of the winners at the end.
Justin Verlander-Houston Astros
Justin Verlander is coming off of another dominant season even at the age of 36. Verlander hit the 300 Strikeout milestone for the first time in his career in 2019 and shows no signs of slowing down. Justin Verlander led the league this year in Wins (21), WHIP (0.80), and Innings Pitched (223). Even in a season where Verlander said himself “the balls are Juiced”, he put together a season that is worthy of Cy Young consideration.
Gerrit Cole-Houston Astros
What a season for Gerrit Cole, who since being traded to the Houston Astros has put up career best numbers. In 2019 Cole led the American League in both ERA (2.50) and Strikeouts (326). Cole was one of only two pitchers to accumulate 20+ wins with the other being his teammate Justin Verlander. From the months of June to the end of September Cole was unbeatable and was viewed as the most dominant pitcher in the American League.
Charlie Morton-Tampa Bay Rays
The former Houston Astro joins two of his former teammates as the third finalist for the Cy Young Award. Morton was the ace of the staff for the Rays that surprisingly won over 90 games this season. Morton finished the season third in ERA (3.05), fifth in Wins (16), fifth in WHIP (1.08), and fifth in Strikeouts (240). Morton was one of the few actual starting pitchers that the Rays used and was one of the main reasons that the Rays made the Playoffs.
Jacob DeGrom-New York Mets
The reigning National League Cy Young winner was dominant once again this season. While the wins weren’t there DeGrom as the Mets are rebuilding once again, DeGrom was able to lead the league in Strikeouts (255) and was second in the league for ERA (2.43). DeGrom fought off some early struggles to put in another season worthy of Award consideration.
Max Scherzer-Washington Nationals
While Scherzer missed more time than he normally would he was still able to put up some dominant numbers. Scherzer was able to finish the year third in Strikeouts (243), fourth in WHIP (1.02), and sixth in ERA (2.92). Scherzer missed a couple of starts with a broken nose after a freak accident in batting practice, but was able to come back to his normal self and be one of the reasons the Nationals made the playoffs.
Hyun-Jin Ryu-Los Angeles Dodgers
Ryu was the most dominant pitcher for the best team in the regular season for around five months. He was able to lead the league in ERA (2.32), was third in WHIP (1.00), and sixth in wins (14). Ryu definitely has a different approach than the other two on this list but was just as dominant. the Dodgers lefty is one of those guys that as long as he is healthy he will be in the discussion as one of the best in the game.
- Gerrit Cole-Houston Astros
- Justin Verlander-Houston Astros
- Charlie Morton-Tampa Bay Rays
- Hyun-Jin Ryu-Los Angeles Dodgers
- Jacob DeGrom-New York Mets
- Max Scherzer-Washington Nationals