After an incredible second half of 2019, Yu Darvish continued his elite pitching and finished second in NL Cy Young voting after a magical 2020 season. Trevor Bauer of the Reds took home the award. Here’s a complete look at how the voting played out:
Darvish put together a splendid season for the Cubs in 2020, going 8-3 in 12 starts. With the shortened season, Darvish accounted for nearly 25% of the Cubs’ wins, showing just how important he was to the team’s 2020 success.
Aside from the sensational record, Darvish pitched his way to a 2.01 ERA and 0.96 WHIP while also striking out 93 batters in 76 innings.
How good was Darvish you ask? The hype going into the playoffs was very real for fans everywhere.
In addition to the hype of the fans, the sabermetrics actually favored Darvish as the Cy Young winner. Fellow Cy Young finalist Trevor Bauer may have had better numbers by the eye test, but Darvish was truly the best pitcher in the NL in 2020.
Darvish was electric for the Cubs in 2020. It really felt as if any night he took the mound for the North Siders they could win the game. Darvish was by far the Cubs’ most consistent pitcher in 2020.