Trevor Bauer is looking to become the Cincinnati Reds first ever Cy Young Award winner later tonight. The announcement is set to be made for the winners in both the National League and American League on MLB Network’s announcement show at 6pm ET.
The Cincinnati Reds have had five second place finishes in their history when it comes to Cy Young Awards, but they’ve never had a winner. Bauer’s 2020 season may give them the best shot. He led the National League in ERA, WHIP, batting average against, hits allowed per 9-innings pitched, shutouts, and ERA+. He also finished second in the league in strikeouts and strikeouts per 9-innings pitched.
While it appears that Trevor Bauer is the favorite to win the award, there’s some argument to be made that perhaps things could go to the New York Mets Jacob deGrom or the Chicago Cubs Yu Darvish if you take a very deep dive into breaking down things in a shortened 60-game season where teams only played within their own division and the opponents each faced along the way. It’s not a particularly strong argument in this particular writers opinion, but it’s out there and has been made by more than a few smart people. We’ll all find out together.
David Bell finishes 9th in NL Manager of the Year
While we all await the results of the Cy Young Award voting, on Tuesday evening it was the Manager of the Year that was announced. Voters were given three votes – a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place vote – and there were 30 voters who covered the National League, two from each city (except Milwaukee, who didn’t have enough eligible voters and had a writer from another city vote in that place). David Bell, the Cincinnati Reds manager who led the team into the playoffs for the first time since 2013, garnered two 3rd place votes. Mark Schmetzer, who works out of the Cincinnati chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, and Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com voted for Bell. You can see the entire vote here.