The Nationals may already have the World Series trophy, but there's still more hardware up for grabs pertaining to the 2019 season.
Among the end of the year awards are the Cy Young, awarded to the best regular-season pitchers in the American and National League. On the NL side, Max Scherzer was named one of the three finalists on Monday.
— BBWAA (@officialBBWAA) November 4, 2019
During the 2019 regular season, Scherzer sported an 11-7 record, 2.92 ERA and 243 strikeouts in 172.1 innings pitched. Scherzer's numbers may have been even more impressive if part of his season was not hindered by a nagging injury. Nonetheless, the 12-year veteran now has a chance to take home his fourth Cy Young after earning one with the Detroit Tigers in 2013 and two with the Nationals in 2016 and 17.
There's an argument to be made that Scherzer shouldn't be the lone Nat on the ballot, with Stephen Strasburg putting up an impressive campaign as well. Yet, it will be the Mets' Jacob deGrom and the Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu who will contend with Scherzer.
deGrom will be looking to make it back-to-back titles as he took home the awards in 2018. In 2019 he finished with an 11-8 record, 2.43 ERA and 255 strikeouts, though he racked up almost 32 more innings than Scherzer. Ryu finished 14-5 and led the league in ERA at 2.32.
All have strong arguments to win, and we'll have the answer on November 13.
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