Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for a second consecutive season

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Mets starter Jacob deGrom was overwhelmingly voted the National League Cy Young Award winner, earning the hardware for a second consecutive season. deGrom earned 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu finished second with 88 points. Max Scherzer finished third with 72 points, Jack Flaherty fourth with 69, and Stephen Strasburg fifth with 53. Also receiving votes were Mike Soroka, Sonny Gray, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, Kirby Yates, and Patrick Corbin.

deGrom, 31, went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA and a 255/44 K/BB ratio in 204 innings for the Mets this past season. He actually won fewer games last year (10) en route to the Cy Young Award. Both are the lowest win totals among starters to win the award.

deGrom is the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He is one of seven NL pitchers to win the award in back-to-back years, joining Greg Maddux (1992-95), Randy Johnson (1999-2002), Sandy Koufax (1965-66), Kershaw (2013-14), Tim Lincecum (2008-09), and Max Scherzer (2016-17). Five pitchers did it in the American League: Roger Clemens (1986-87 and 1997-98), Jim Palmer (1975-76), Pedro Martínez (1999-2000), and Denny McLain (1968-69). The right-hander joins R.A. Dickey, Dwight Gooden, and Tom Seaver as Mets to have won the NL Cy Young Award.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).