Cy Young Awards: Burnes, Ray Take Crowns

Jonathan Grant | November 18th, 2021

The 2021 Cy Young award winners have officially been named. The National League’s choice was Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers while the American League pegged the Toronto Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray. Burnes had the lowest ERA in the NL in what was his breakout season, and he also was known for his ability to get strikeouts, punching out 234 batters in 167 innings of work. Despite this, he only just got his nose in front of Phillies’ ace Zack Wheeler, defeating him by ten points for the vaunted award.

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Max Scherzer came in third. In the AL, things were not nearly as close as Robbie Ray easily took down the honors. The Toronto star had 201 points, well clear of both Gerrit Cole, the only other to take a first-place vote, and Lance Lynn. Ray used his four pitches to post an ERA of 2.84 across 193.1 innings. And his 6.7 WAR (wins above replacement) led all pitchers in the league. This made the award fairly certain to go his way, and now it makes him a very sought-after commodity as he is a free agent ahead of the 2022 season. Earlier in the week, the Rookie of the Year awards was doled out. Jonathan India of the Cincinnati Reds won in the NL while Randy Arozarena of the Tampa Bay Rays fought off teammate Wander Franco for the AL award.

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