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10 things about Rays Blake Snell’s Cy Young winning season

LHP Blake Snell accomplished a lot in his remarkable 2018 breakout season. And wining the American League Cy Young award on Wednesday added to that list:

* He became the second Ray win the most prestigious pitching award, joining David Price, who did so in 2012, and who he had already heard from Wednesday night.

* He became the youngest winner, at 25, since Clayton Kershaw (25) in 2013 for the Dodgers, and in the AL since Felix Hernandez (24) in 2010 for the Mariners.

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* He did so with the fewest innings of any starter over a full season, with 180 2/3; Kershaw won with 198 1/3 in 2014 for the Dodgers.

* He pitched the third fewest career games (74) of any AL winner; Roger Clemens had pitched in 69 when he won in 1986 for Boston; Vida Blue in 57 when he won in 1971 for Oakland.

* His 1.89 ERA was third lowest among AL pitchers in the DH era (since 1973), trailing unanimous Cy Young award winners Ron Guidry, 1.74 for ' 78 Yankees, and Pedro Martinez, 1.74 for '00 Red Sox.

* His combination of 21 wins and 1.89 ERA was matched/surpassed by only
three others pitchers 25 or younger in the live ball era (since 1920): Dwight Gooden, 24, 1.53 for '85 Mets; Vida Blue, 24, 1.82 for '71 A's; Hal Newhouser, 25, 1.81 for '45 Tigers.

* He limited opponents to a .088 avg. (10-for-114) with runners in scoring position, lowest for an AL pitcher in the DH era, ahead of Martínez's .133 in 2000. That included 1-for-45 with a runner on third base.

* He went 10-1, 1.27 at the Trop, the lowest home ERA by an AL pitcher since the pre-DH days, when Nolan Ryan posted a 1.07 in 1972 for the Angels. Didn't allow more than two runs in any of his 14 home starts, and one or none in 12.

He was the 11th straight pitcher to win after leading the AL in wins (21) and ERA (1.89), and 14th of 15 since the award was given in both leagues starting in 1967.

* He was one of only three pitchers in the DH era to post 20 wins and a sub-.200 ERA, joining Guidry and Clemens, 21, 1.93 for '90 Red Sox.

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