The New York Mets’ pitcher Jacob deGrom had for a campaign for the ages. He will probably win the NL’s Cy Young Award, thanks to a dominating 3–0 win over the NL East division champs, the Atlanta Braves, on the last day of the regular season. Despite the Mets not living up to their nickname, deGrom’s on the mound performance was nothing short of “amazin,” racking up a NL-leading 8.8 WAR according to fangraphs.
So now experts face a crisis—a well-liked deep stat, WAR, anoints deGrom as the best player in the NL. But where does that leave deGrom in the MVP discussion?
DeGrom was a flat-out stud on the mound, pitching 217 innings while having a major league best 1.70 ERA. DeGrom’s 1.70 ERA is the sixth-lowest of all time since the mound was lowered in 1969. But this is just the beginning of how monumental and impressive the 30-year-old’s outstanding performance was.