The right Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the left-handed Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays they won the appointment of Most Outstanding Pitcher 2021 (or Best Pitcher) in both the National and American League, respectively, this within the Players Choice Awards
A three-time Cy Young Award winner, Scherzer can now place his third Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year award, chosen by the players, on his trophy shelf:
The veteran right-hander continued to dominate hitters in 2021, especially after the Nationals traded him to the Dodgers midseason, posting a 1.98 ERA, a 0.82 WHIP and a 34 percent strikeout rate for Los Angeles earlier. to help him defeat the archrivals of the Giants in the National League Division Series.
For his part, Ray put together the best season of his career, setting the American League pace with a 2.84 ERA, 154 + ERA and 193 1/3 innings. Always a high strikeout pitcher, the southpaw led baseball with 248 of them in 2021.
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The big difference last season was the significant reduction in his walk rate – he gave up 2.4 batters for nine innings after walking 7.8 for nine during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
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MLB: Scherzer and Ray, National and American League Top Pitchers, from the Players Choice Awards