The Cincinnati Reds are one of four franchises who have never had a Cy Young Award winner, but that could change next week.
Trevor Bauer was named one of the three NL Cy Young finalists Monday, alongside Chicago’s Yu Darvish and New York’s Jacob deGrom. The winner will be announced on MLB Network on Nov. 11.
Bauer posted a 5-4 record and 1.73 ERA in 11 starts, striking out 100 across 73 innings. He yielded two or fewer earned runs in all five of his September starts, helping the Reds to their first postseason berth in seven years.
Now a free agent, Bauer led the league in ERA, WHIP (0.795) and fewest hits per nine innings (5.1). He could become the first Cy Young winner to reach free agency in the same year since Greg Maddux in 1992.
Darvish had an 8-3 record and 2.01 ERA in 12 starts with 93 strikeouts in 76 innings. He led the league with eight wins and a 2.23 FIP (fielding independent pitching).
deGrom, the NL’s Cy Young winner in 2018 and 2019, was 4-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 12 starts. He struck out a league-high 104 batters in 68 innings, a staggering 13.8 strikeouts per nine innings. One thing that could help him in the voting is that he faced tougher lineups in his regional East division schedule than Bauer and Darvish in the Central.
Bauer is viewed as the favorite to win…