April 11, 2021

‘It’s like picking your favorite kid’ — MLB insiders on the NL Cy Young race (ESPN)

There is one thing Major League Baseball executives, scouts and players can agree on when it comes to the 2020 National League Cy Young race: It’s going to go down to the wire.

With a tip of the cap to Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw, his current 2.28 ERA just isn’t going to cut it. Not with pitching at most 10 starts for the entire season. It means Chicago Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish and Cincinnati Reds hurler Trevor Bauer have the best chance to dethrone the two-time defending winner, New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom. But he’s not giving up the award easily. This might be the tightest race in years.

“It’s so close, I’m glad there is more time left,” one NL executive not associated with the Cubs, Reds or Mets said.

That might sound strange to hear in mid-September, considering the season’s end is around the corner, but when 12 regular-season starts is all anyone is going to get this year, two or three can make the difference. So where are people in the game leaning? It depends whom you ask.

“I’d go Darvish, deGrom, Bauer,” one NL general manager said.

“Yu Darvish has been fantastic but I would go deGrom,” an NL scout said.

Each made a case for their guy, using a mix…

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