Robbie Ray didn’t take the mound Wednesday night, but he did win a Cy Young Award.
It was Jose Berios who started for the Blue Jays, and who took a perfect fifth inning game, but his rotation partner was out of the game with the biggest prize.
Yankees ace Gerrit Cole is Ray’s closest competition for the year-end award for pitching prowess, and the Jays surrounded him, even though his lead was not sustained and he was hit by Bo Bichette’s dramatic eighth-inning home run. But had to come back to win. From Clay Homes.
Cole conceded five runs on nine hits in his six innings, seven of which went to extra base (two homers and five doubles). With the Yankees’ seventh inning rally from Tim Myaza saved, their first blow since May 16, Cole was injured without a decision and would end the season 16–8 in terms of wins and losses.
The right-hander’s ERA, which was 2.73 at the September start, climbed to 3.23, leaving him third in the league behind Ray and Oakland’s Chris Bassett. His WHIP jumped to 1.059, which saw him slip past Bassit to third in the league behind leader Ray.
Cole hit a six giving him 243 runs in the season, and his six innings brought his total to 181 1/3. Both numbers are behind Ray, and the Jays’ left-hander, who also leads the league in both of those categories, has yet to start. He will receive the ball Thursday night, trying to pitch the Jays to a series win.
Ray, who leads the league with a 2.68 ERA, can deliver 10 runs in three innings of work on Thursday and still win the league’s ERA title.
Bichette, who came home twice and became the fourth different J with 100 RBI this season, didn’t think beating Cole helped Ray’s chances for Cy Young, but that’s because he feels That his teammate has already pulled it off.
“We all believe that Robbie deserves that award,” Bichette said after his big night, “so we’re just going to try to compete with the best whoever is out there. We have today (Cole) Against) was a good batsman and scored some runs.
Given the playoff-race stakes, Marcus Semien also shied away from talk of any prizes after the game.
“I know Robbie isn’t thinking about (winning a Cy Young) right now,” said Semien, whose Cole’s first-innings home run was the 44th of the season, a major league record for a primary second baseman. “He’s looking at the Yankees lineup and attacking him. I think he has a good chance (in Cy Young).”
Ray may not be thinking about it right now, but we certainly are. It’s been a sensational season for the unlikely ace of the Jays, an All-Star back in 2017, who could never spoil his incredible stuff until this year.
He was leading the major leagues in walks when the Jays picked him up on trade deadline last season, having issued 31 free passes in 31 innings in his first seven starts with Arizona.
This is not a misprint. One walk per innings while averaging five innings per start. Certainly nothing looks like the guy, so this season’s many like fans have fallen in love.
This season, Ray, who will turn 30 on Friday, has reached career highs in innings pitches and strikeouts and has reached career lows in ERA and WHIP. A pitcher who had run no fewer than 3.7 batsmen in nine innings reached a career-worst mark of 7.8 last season, with only 2.3 batsmen per nine runs this year.
It’s a trajectory that doesn’t quite resemble Hall of Famer Randy Johnson.
Yes, Big Unit is a physical freak at six-foot-11, which gave him some extra and very unique challenges trying to come up with consistent and repeatable deliveries, but he also didn’t have a great first season. The year he turned 30.
Johnson, perhaps the best left-handed pitcher of all time, was first an All-Star in 1990, when he was 26, but then slipped back for a few seasons, leading the running of the major leagues in both years. did. strikeouts
At his age of 29, he stopped walking people, kept hitting them, and finished second in the Cy Young voting. Two years later, Johnson won the first of his five Cy Young Awards.
In his 29-year season, Ray is going to win Cy Young a few years ahead of his mentor with the Diamondbacks, and beating his teammates in their main competition on Wednesday night sealed the deal.