He was attempting to become the first player since Randy Johnson to win three consecutive Cy Youngs.
Perhaps no pitcher had ever been such a hard-luck loser.
DeGrom almost produced more wins above replacement than actual wins - a dubious sabermetric feat that has been accomplished only once, when the Philadelphia Athletics' Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. DeGrom started 32 games and finished his incredible campaign with a 1.70 ERA, 260 strikeouts and a 10-9 record.
That 1.70 ERA, however, was the sixth-lowest posted by any major league pitcher since the mound was lowered in 1969, and voters weren't about to gloss over that fact. Verlander had 13 first-place votes and 154 total points.
The 2018 AL Cy Young Award debate was anything but one-sided.
For the first time since 2015, Max Scherzer is not the NL Cy Young Award victor.
Scherzer also has a chance of finishing in the top 10 in NL MVP voting for the third straight year, with results set to be announced Thursday evening.
The American League consists of the following teams: Baltimore Orioles; Boston Red Sox; Chicago White Sox; Cleveland Indians; Detroit Tigers; Houston Astros; Kansas City Royals; Los Angeles Angels; Minnesota Twins; New York Yankees; Oakland Athletics; Seattle Mariners; Tampa Bay Rays; Texas Rangers; and Toronto Blue Jays. He also made five starts against former Cy Young winners and went 3-0 with an 0.59 ERA. While Snell had the ERA edge over the competition, Verlander pitched about 35 more innings and led the league with 290 strikeouts. The Phillies' Aaron Nola finished in third place with 86 points. However, his won-loss record was 16-9.