The two Washington National players are battling for the highest awards in baseball, announcing Major League Baseball on Monday night along with all of the end-of-season sweepstakes. Max Scherzer has been awarded as a finalist for the National League Cy Young Award, while Juan Soto is one of three players who could be awarded NL Rookie of the Year.
The awards are chosen by baseball writers across the country, and the finalists for each honor received the first, second and third most votes. The rookie of the year for each league will be announced on November 12, and the Cy Young winners will be announced on November 14.
Scherzer has won NL Cy Young Awards in a row and added the American league Cy Young, which he won at the 2013 Detroit Tigers. However, he is unlikely to add a fourth place to his trophy case with starter New York Mets. Jacob deGrom had established himself as a figurehead for the award.
DeGrom, who also generated NL MVP buzz but was not named a finalist on Monday, ended up with a microscopic 1.70 ERA, but had a 10-9 record because he lacked support for the run. He also prevailed in the most advanced statistics against Scherzer, though Scherzer scored a considerable lead in the victories (he scored with a 18-7 record) and a runaway (a league that led 300 to the 269 of deGrom). Scherzer finished the season with an ERA of 2.53 and led the NL with 220.2 innings. Philadelphia Phillies starter Aaron Nola, the third NL Cy Young finalist, had a 17: 6 record, 2.37 ERA and 224 rashes in 33 starts.
Soto, who turned 20 at the end of October, was crowned Finalist of the Year by fellow Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. and Los Angeles Dodgers thrower Walker Buehler. It was expected that Soto and Acuna would fight for the prize after outstanding seasons, and Buehler slipped into the race with dominant pitching on the track. Soto and Acuna had similar stats on the plate, though Soto proved to be a disciplined hitter.
Acuna debuted in the premier league one month before Soto in mid-May, but Soto ended up with slightly more played games (116 to 111) and record appearances (494 to 487). Acuna, however, has a narrow edge on home runs (26-22), runs (78-77), hits (127-121), and hit average (.293-292).
Soto ended up with more RBI (70-64), a better Underlying and a higher percentage (0.93-917), running significantly more (79-45) and beating fewer hits (99 to Acuna's 123). , This resulted in Soto's base share of .406 against Acunas .366. The 21-year-old Acuna, however, was more promising as a left fielder, and the defense should be included in the vote.
Buehler broke into the conversation as the Dodgers' 24-year-old sensation. He finished the season with an 8-5 record, 2.62 ERA and 151 strike-outs in 137.1 innings, using a high-90 electric fastball to break through the opposing lineups. It's hard to compare his statistics with those belonging to Soto and Acuna, but Buehler seems to be out of the rookie of the year.
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