Hernandez's Cy Young victory signalled a major shift from voters, who once prioritized pitcher wins.
The case could have been made for all three to win the award. "To be a Cy Young Award victor, you're in great company, and it truly is an honour".
The 30-year-old right-hander is under contractual control with NY through the 2020 season. During one stretch late in the season, the Mets totalled 10 runs over seven of deGrom's outings, and four of those were driven in by the pitcher himself. Baseball-Reference calculated deGrom for 9.6 WAR. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, he became the seventh rookie victor voted a Cy Young, joining fellow Mets Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden.
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Scherzer also has a chance of finishing in the top 10 in NL MVP voting for the third straight year, with results set to be announced Thursday evening. He led the Astros to the American League Championship Series after the 2017 World Series run.
Down the stretch, Verlander was almost ideal in his final regular season starts in September, where he went 3-0 en route to the postseason.
Scherzer had another spectacular season, leading the league with a career-high 300 strikeouts.
DeGrom nearly won the award unanimously, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes with 207 total points. Phillies right-hander Aaron Nola, who for part of the summer was locked with deGrom and Scherzer in a three-way battle for the prize, received 86 points to finish third. Over his final 11 starts, he went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA, allowed just nine runs in 61 2/3 innings and held batters to a.155 average.
DeGrom has received Cy Young votes in two prior seasons but had never finished in the top five. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings.