Snell, deGrom capture Cy Young awards

Snell, deGrom capture Cy Young awards

Justin Verlander finished a close second in the voting and trade target Corey Kluber finished third.

"This mean as whole lot", Snell said."It's something I wanted to achieve this year".

In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates.

The 25-year-old lefty was 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and led all major league starters with a.178 batting average allowed - the fifth lowest ever for a starter and lowest since Pedro Martinez's record.167 average in 2000. Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston's Chris Sale and Houston's Gerrit Cole.

Despite winning just 10 games, deGrom took home the award on the strength of a 1.70 ERA.

That loomed as a potential big issue with voters, 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, two from each AL city, as there had been only one starter to win a Cy Young in a full season with less than 200 innings in the first 63 years of the award, Clayton Kershaw for the Dodgers in 2014 with 198 1/3. The 25-year-old pitched had 33 1/3 fewer innings than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the World Series champion Red Sox, and 2-0 in two starts each against the Astros and Indians.

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DeGrom finished 10-9 with a major league-best 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 217 innings.

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.

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the US and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Now he's the second Rays pitcher to win a Cy Young award, following David Price in 2012.

So Snell not only became the victor with the fewest innings as a starter, but also with the third fewest career games (74) among AL pitchers. Verlander also led the AL in strikeouts with 290.

Kluber was attempting to win his second straight Cy Young and third overall.

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