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MLB Cy Younger 2021: Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray takes home American League award

Remaining offseason the Toronto Blue Jays rolled the dice on lefty Robbie Ray with a one-year, $8 million contract, and he rewarded them with a Cy Younger season in 2021. Wednesday evening the Baseball Writers Association of The US equipped Ray beat out Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and White Sox righty Lance Lynn for the American League Cy Younger award.

Ray bought 29 of the 30 first grunt votes. The numerous went to Cole.

Ray, 30, had a improbable first fat season with the Blue Jays, throwing a league most inspiring 193 1/3 innings whereas leading qualified pitchers in ERA (2.84), ERA+ (154), WHIP (1.05), and WAR (7.6). He’s the first Toronto pitcher to defend the award since the gradual Hall of Famer Roy Halladay in 2003, and the fifth Blue Jays pitcher overall, becoming a member of Halladay, Roger Clemens (1997, 1998), and Pat Hentgen (1996).

Right here’s how the three American League Cy Younger finalists stack up:

Gerrit Cole, Yankees

16-8

181 1/3

3.23

133

12.1

2.0

5.7

Lance Lynn, White Sox

11-6

157

2.69

161

10.1

2.6

5.4

Robbie Ray, Yankees

13-7

193 1/3

2.84

154

11.5

2.4

7.6

The Cy Younger award comes at an very ideally suited time for Ray, who’s at the moment a free agent and poised to label a profitable prolonged-term deal. Our R.J. Anderson ranked him the finest free agent starter on the market and the sixth most inspiring free agent overall. Now no longer before the Cy Younger announcement, Ray formally declined the one-year, $18.4 million qualifying provide.

Cole carried out 2d to Ray within the vote casting, incomes his fourth straight (and fifth overall) top 5 enact within the Cy Younger vote casting. He become the well-liked to defend the award quite so much of the season, although he stumbled unbiased a tiny following MLB‘s international substance crackdown in June, then he limped to the enact following a hamstring grief in September. In many various years, Cole would have obtained the Cy Younger.

Lynn become hampered unbiased a tiny by a knee grief down the stretch — he fell 5 innings instant of qualifying for the ERA title — but become continuously very ideally suited all season. That is his perfect ever enact within the Cy Younger vote casting and his third straight enact within the discontinue six. Lynn could need turn right into a free agent this offseason like Ray, although he signed a two-year extension just a few weeks ago.

Other American League hurlers to catch Cy Younger votes this season encompass White Sox lefty Carlos Rodón and Red Sox righty Nathan Eovaldi. Angels two-formulation massive name Shohei Ohtani is the well-liked to be named AL MVP on Thursday. He didn’t catch any Cy Younger votes, alternatively. Fat AL Cy Younger vote casting outcomes are on hand at the BBWAA’s quandary.

Ray is the seventh varied pitcher to defend the AL Cy Younger within the last seven years, becoming a member of Shane Bieber (2020), Justin Verlander (2019), Blake Snell (2018), Corey Kluber (2017), Rick Porcello (2016), Dallas Keuchel (2015). The last repeat winner within the Junior Circuit become Clemens in 1997-98.

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