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As I was writing a controversial article, news broke about the player of said article: Robbie Ray is a Cy Young finalist (and likely winner).
In 2020, Ray was not very good. He had a 6.52 ERA and a 6.50 FIP in 51.2 innings between Arizona and Toronto, according to Fangraphs. While his 11.85 K/9 was actually better than his 2021 stat, his BB/9 was an astronomical 7.84, which included a BB/9 of 9 in Arizona.
The Jays were fighting for a postseason berth and took a chance on Robbie Ray, trading Travis Bergen for the 28-year-old pitcher. Although his first 20.2 innings in Toronto (or Buffalo) weren’t even good, he did make improvements.
However, not even I saw his Cy Young season coming.
A year after leading the majors in BB/9, Ray led the American League in ERA (2.48), innings pitched (193.1), ERA+ (154) and WHIP (1.045). Furthermore, he led the entire major leagues in strikeouts with 248. In fact, his 11.2 K/9 is the highest… Like ever.
Robbie Ray pitched like an absolute ace this season and he’ll be paid handsomely a year after winning the Cy Young.
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Author: brendonkuhn / Blue Jays Nation