New York Mets: Jacob deGrom’s Chase for a Back to Back Cy Young

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Jul 9, 2019; Cleveland, OH, USA; National League pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) of the New York Mets throws against the American League during the third inning in the 2019 MLB All Star Game at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Jacob deGrom has quietly walked his way back into the Cy Young conversation. After the Yankees hit around Hyun-Jin Ryu over the weekend, the Mets ace has a good chance to take home the award over the final month of the season.

Since May started, deGrom has thrown 136 innings with a 2.12 ERA and 162 strikeouts and only allowed 10 home runs. deGrom has turned it on when the Mets really needed it during the second half of the season. He has a 1.04 ERA, only allowed one home run and opposing hitters are slugging .228 against him.

How Can He Win the Cy Young?

deGrom is currently pitching better than the 2018 deGrom who won the award. He has been doing it against good competition too. If he can lead the Mets into the postseason and continue to pitch at his current rate, deGrom will put himself in a good spot to win a Cy Young award for the second straight season.

deGrom had gained ground in the race thanks to back to back rough starts from Ryu. Ryu is still the front runner for the award, but September will ultimately decide who the winner is. Max Scherzer’s stints on the IL takes him away from the front of the race. Mike Soroka is more of a dark horse, the same way Aaron Nola was last season. Soroka will likely finish in the top three but will not win the award.

Clayton Kershaw has also brought himself back into the race, but Ryu’s consistency outshines Kershaw’s resurgence. The Cy Young race will seem to be a two man race between Ryu and deGrom through the season’s end and both are trending in opposite directions heading towards September.