Earlier this month Trevor Bauer was named as one of three finalists in the Major League Baseball Players Association’s voting for 2020 National League Outstanding Pitcher Award. On Thursday it was announced that Bauer won the award, voted on by his peers around the game.
When looking at the end of the season stats, it’s not surprising that Trevor Bauer got the nod. His 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, two complete games, two shutouts, and .159 batting average against all led the National League.
But, it’s worth noting that the voting was conducted with two weeks left remaining in the season. That means some of the stats weren’t finalized yet among the players being voted on. Depending on exactly when the vote was held (the MLBPA was not entirely specific), Bauer may not have had two or three of his final starts accounted for. Over his final three starts he threw 21.1 innings with a 1.69 ERA, four walks, and 29 strikeouts. If it was only missing the final two starts, you’re looking at 15.0 innings of 1.80 ERA with two walks and 17 strikeouts.
The other two finalists for the award were Chicago Cubs starter Yu Darvish and New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom. Darvish finished the season with a 2.01 ERA in 76.0 innings, 14 walks, 93 strikeouts, and a 0.96 WHIP. deGrom, who pitched against only the NL and AL East this year, posted a 2.38 ERA in 68.0 innings, 18 walks, and 104 strikeouts – which led the league.
For Trevor Bauer, and for the Cincinnati Reds, they are hoping that Thursday’s announcement was just the first one for the right-handed starter. The franchise has never had a Cy Young Award winner – an award that has existed since 1956. From 1956-1966 the award was given to just one pitcher in all of Major League Baseball. Starting in 1967 the award was expanded and given to a pitcher from both the National League and the American League. The award announcements will begin the week of November 9th with the Rookie of the Year coming that Monday. It will be followed up by Manager of the Year on Tuesday the 10th, the Cy Young Award on the Wednesday the 11th, and the Most Valuable Player being announced on Thursday the 12th.