The Baseball Writers Association of America has announced the finalists for its major awards and the Phillies are in the mix for one of them.
Aaron Nola is one of three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award, joining Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals.
DeGrom, who led the majors with a brilliant 1.70 ERA, is expected to run away with the award when the winner is announced on Nov. 14. Nola is guaranteed to finish no lower than third in the voting.
Nola, 25, was the Phillies’ first-round draft pick in 2014. He blossomed into an ace in his fourth season in the majors in 2018. He finished second in the NL in ERA (2.37) and third in innings (212 1/3) and WHIP (0.97).
Scherzer won the award the last two seasons. He had previously won the American League Cy Young Award. In 2018, he led the majors in innings (220 2/3) and strikeouts (300).
The Phillies have not had a top-10 finisher in the Cy Young voting since Cole Hamels placed sixth in 2014. The last Phillie to finish in the top three were Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee, who finished second and third, respectively, in 2011. Halladay won the award in 2010.
Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell and Houston’s Justin Verlander are finalists for the AL Cy Young Award.
Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and the Chicago Cubs’ Javier Baez are finalists for the NL MVP.
Boston’s Mookie Betts, Anaheim’s Mike Trout and Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez are finalists for the AL MVP.
The NL Manager of the Year Award will go to Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell, Colorado’s Bud Black or Atlanta’s Brian Snitker. Phillies manager Gabe Kapler seemed to be a strong contender for the award until his team’s collapse over the final two months of the season.
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