In a shortened 2020 MLB season that has featured a wildly unbalanced schedule, Jacob deGrom is right in the thick of things for the Cy Young award with one start remaining.
As things stand right now, the award is probably Trevor Bauer's to lose, with deGrom right on his heels. Yu Darvish and Max Fried are also in the mix, as is Corbin Burnes -- though the fact that he has made just eight starts will probably cost him.
Bauer, with one start remaining, has a 1.80 ERA (3.15 FIP) and 0.82 WHIP with 88 strikeouts (12.18 per 9) in 65 IP (10 starts).
DeGrom, who also has one start remaining, has a 2.14 ERA (1.99 FIP) and 0.92 WHIP with 94 strikeouts (13.43 per 9) in 63 IP (11 starts).
While Bauer has deGrom in ERA and WHIP, deGrom has Bauer in FIP (a better indicator of dominance than ERA) and strikeouts per 9.
DeGrom has also done a better job than Bauer when it comes to keeping the ball in the park. His HR/9 rate is 0.71, while Bauer's is 1.25. He's also leading in fWAR -- 2.6 to 2.0.
If Bauer isn't dominant in his final start of 2020 and deGrom is, the award could be Jake's. And if you look at one other league-wide stat, deGrom's case improves dramatically even before those final starts.
The above, shared by Marc Carig of The Athletic, shows just how difficult the offensive competition has been for deGrom (who has faced only one team this season with a team OPS+ below 100) and Bauer (who has faced only one team this season with a team OPS+ above 100).
Again, to look at the current state of the Cy Young race is to see Bauer likely holding a slim lead. But if the voters take the above into account, things could tilt in deGrom's favor -- especially if he closes out the season in dominant fashion on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.