Bauer 1st pitcher in Reds history to win Cy Young

The Cincinnati Reds’ Trevor Bauer has won the NL Cy Young Award, giving Cincinnati its first winner of the award.

Bauer topped fellow finalists Yu Darvish of the Chicago Cubs and Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets in voting announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Wednesday.

DeGrom was looking to become the third pitcher in MLB history to win it in three consecutive seasons.

The Reds had never had a Cy Young winner, one of 4 active MLB teams without a Cy Young winner, and the only team founded prior to 1961 without one.

Bauer ended that drought.

He went 5-4 with a league-leading 1.73 ERA, a 100-17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 73 innings and an opponents’ batting average of .159. Late in the season, with the Reds fighting for a playoff spot, he beat the Brewers on short rest, allowing one run with 12 K’s in eight innings.

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