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Edwin Diaz Continues To Make Noise In Offseason Award Voting


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Miami Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara swept the NL Cy Young voting on Wednesday night.

He took it home unanimously, with all 30 first-place votes going for him.

Atlanta Braves southpaw Max Fried finished second, and Los Angeles Dodgers fellow left-hander Julio Urias was third.

Nine of the top-ten pitchers in the National League were starters.

There was just one outlier: New York Mets reliever Edwin Diaz.

Diaz received a second-place vote and two fifth-place ones, for a total of six points.

Edwin Díaz finished ninth in National League Cy Young voting, earning a second-place vote and two fifth-place votes, but going absent on the other 27 ballots. Díaz could potentially see some MVP votes tomorrow night as well,” Mets insider Anthony DiComo tweeted.

Diaz was, without question, the best reliever in baseball this season.

With a minuscule 1.31 ERA and 118 strikeouts in just 62 innings, he completely dominated the opposition.

 

Diaz Completely Dominated With Some Of The Nastiest Stuff You Will See

Batters looked helpless when facing the overpowering right-hander, who has a fastball that can reach 103 mph and a slider with sudden, sharp break that generates a lot of empty swings.

He also saved 32 games for the second consecutive campaign, and had a mind-blowing 0.90 Fielding Independent Pitching, or FIP.

Diaz generated a lot of value for the Mets: he accumulated 3.0 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), more than the majority of starters across the league.

That is impressive because WAR is a cumulative stat: the more innings they pitch, the more WAR they usually generate.

Diaz’s incredible season earned him a five-year, $102 million contract that will keep him in Queens for the foreseeable future and at the highest salary for a reliever.



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