The Cincinnati Reds have been around for a long time. The Cy Young Award hasn’t been around quite as long, but it’s still been around for a long time. Since it came into existence, way back in 1956, the Cincinnati Reds have never had a Cy Young Award winner. They have had more than a few pitchers finish as the runner up. All of that may come to an end in 2020 thanks to the season that is being put together by Trevor Bauer.
On Wednesday night, going on short rest, Trevor Bauer allowed one run over 8.0 innings and he struck out 12 Milwaukee Brewers. When the game was over the Cincinnati Reds had completed another series win and taken another step forward to (hopefully) making the playoffs. Following the brilliant start by Bauer, he also found himself one step (hopefully) closer to winning the Cy Young Award.
Through Thursday’s games, Trevor Bauer leads the National League in ERA (1.73), complete games (2), strikeouts (100), ERA+ (277), batting average against (.159), and WHIP (0.80). How does he stack up to the competition? Let’s find out.
As things stand today, it doesn’t seem like there should be much of a question as to whether or not Trevor Bauer should be the winner. He’s on top in ERA, innings, WHIP, strikeouts, and average against. There’s a chance that Bauer may pitch again before the season is over. He is tentatively scheduled to pitch on Sunday, but if the Reds have a playoff spot locked up by that point – which is possible – it would be a surprise to see him take the mound in that game rather than hold him back to start game one of the playoffs.
Does Trevor Bauer believe he’s locked up the Cy Young Award?
“I don’t see how you can see it any other way,” said Bauer following the start on Wednesday.
As things stand right now, it’s hard to argue against Bauer. He’s simply had the best results when he’s taken the mound compared to everyone else in the National League. It’ll be a while until we find out the results of the voting, but unless something absolutely unexpected happens between now and the end of the season, the odds are looking quite good for Cincinnati to have it’s first Cy Young winner.