Five reasons why Trevor Bauer is NL Cy Young

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The NL Cy Young race between Trevor Bauer, Yu Darvish and Jacob deGrom was arguably the most intriguing battle of this awards season. Here’s a closer look at the stats and performances that made Bauer the winner, the first in the history of the Cincinnati Reds.

The number that says it best

4.66. That’s the difference between Bauer’s 2019 ERA of 6.39 in 10 starts after being traded to the Reds and his 1.73 ERA in his Cy Young-winning 11 starts this season.

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Bauer led the National League in ERA and WHIP (0.79), while his 100 strikeouts were just four off Darvish’s NL-leading total. Bauer was also the only pitcher in the majors to record multiple shutouts this season, although both came in seven-inning doubleheaders.

Historic context

The Cincinnati Reds are the oldest professional baseball team, with a history going all the way back to 1882, and they had never had a Cy Young winner until Bauer took home the hardware Wednesday night. Before Bauer’s wins, the

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