Gerrit Cole, the New York Yankees’ ace, secures unanimous victory for the American League (AL) Cy Young Award, adding to his impressive track record of top-five finishes since 2015. Meanwhile, Blake Snell of the San Diego Padres, after four challenging seasons, emerges as the National League (NL) Cy Young Award winner, previously clinching the AL trophy in 2018 with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Gerrit Cole’s Unanimous Victory in AL Cy Young Race
Gerrit Cole, renowned as baseball’s best-paid pitcher with a record-breaking $324 million, nine-year deal, captures the AL Cy Young Award unanimously. The accolade recognizes his dominant performance, leading the AL with a 0.98 WHIP, a 2.63 ERA, and 222 strikeouts. This marks Cole’s sixth top-five finish and makes him the sixth Yankee, and the first since Roger Clemens in 2001, to claim the prestigious honor.
Blake Snell’s Unexpected Triumph in NL Cy Young Race
In an unexpected turn of events, Blake Snell secures the NL Cy Young Award, joining the exclusive club of pitchers who have won in both leagues. Traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to the San Diego Padres, Snell rebounded from a challenging 2021 season, showcasing resilience and skill. Despite leading the majors with 99 walks, Snell’s ability to suppress solid contact sets him apart, leading in hits per nine innings (5.8), ERA (2.25), and adjusted ERA (182).
A Remarkable Journey for Snell: Gerrit Cole
Snell’s journey to this award reflects a learning curve, transitioning from his triumphant 2018 season to facing setbacks. After signing a $50 million extension with the Rays and experiencing a trade to the Padres, Snell navigates the challenges, ultimately steadying in 2022. His contribution helps the Padres reach the NL Championship Series, showcasing his ability to adapt and excel.
Final Thoughts and Voting Results
The Baseball Writers’ Association of America recognizes both Cole and Snell for their outstanding achievements during the 2022 season. Cole’s unanimous victory highlights his consistency and dominance, while Snell’s unexpected triumph showcases resilience and skill. The voting results underscore the excellence of these pitchers, solidifying their places in baseball history.