Pitchers Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians and Trevor Bauer of the Cincinnati Reds won the Cy Young 2 pitching award on Wednesday020 in Major League Baseball.
The shortened campaign for the covid-19 pandemic from 162 to 60 games It dramatically altered starters’ preparation plans, but that didn’t stop several from having an award-worthy season for pitchers.
Bieber, star starter for the Indians, was unanimously elected by the Baseball Writers Association of North America (BBWAA) in the American League.
Bieber won the ´Triple Corona´ (wins, ERA and strikeouts) of pitching in the Major Leagues in 2020. Such a feat had not happened in the majors since Johan Santana did it in 2006.
Bieber finished 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 77.1 innings.
Too is the first unanimous Cy Young winner since Clayton Kershaw (National League with the Dodgers in 2014). The last one in the AL had been Justin Verlander in 2011 with the Tigers. Verlander also won the award in 2019 with the Astros but not unanimously.
For his part, Bauer, chosen by the press in the National League, becomes the first pitcher in Cincinnati history to win the award.
Bauer was 5-4 with 100 strikeouts in 73 innings and led the circuit in ERA (1.73), shutouts (2) and complete games (2).
Among teams over a hundred years old, Cincinnati was the only one without a Cy Young winner. The teams that do not yet have a Cy Young winner are the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies and Miami Marlins, three expansion clubs.
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