Jacob deGrom hit another gear in July of the 2019 season.
In five starts, he gave up four runs and registered 46 strikeouts. DeGrom faced 129 batters, gave up a single home run and 21 hits. The dominance extended throughout the remainder of the season, making him the 11th pitcher in history to win back-to-back Cy Young awards.
For the second straight year it was a near-unanimous vote with deGrom receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes.
“Words can’t express it,” deGrom said. “I said it was a dream to win one, but to win back to back, honestly, I’m kind of speechless right now.”
Unlike 2018, when deGrom was a frontrunner for the prestigious pitching award the whole season, it wasn’t the smoothest start to the 2019 season for the 31-year-old. He racked up a 4.85 ERA in April and earned four straight losses.
DeGrom admitted following the tough stretch that he was focusing a bit too much on the idea of improving upon his 2018 Cy Young season. Once he relaxed, though, everything clicked.
By May, deGrom was back at the top of his game and one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League. He posted a 9-5 record with a 2.07 ERA over his final 27 starts of the…