New York Mets: How Jacob deGrom’s 2019 season will go based recent NL Cy Young winners

New York Mets. Jacob deGrom. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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How Arrieta followed up his Cy Young.

Out of all the Cy Young winners in the NL the last five years, perhaps the most encouraging of them all for deGrom to continue the trend is Jake Arrieta‘s 2016 season. Arrieta won the Cy Young in 2015 with the Cubs shortly after having a career that seemed lost in Baltimore.

For reference, Arrieta has not really put together many solid impressive seasons in a row based on the numbers. His best two seasons, which are perfect for now, were his 2015 Cy Young season and his 2016 post-Cy Young season.

In 2015, he went 22-6, had a 1.77 ERA, and 236 SO. That was solid enough to win him the Cy Young, the only one he has to date. In 2016, he followed that up with another solid campaign going 18-8, a 3.10 ERA, with 190 SO in addition to being name an All-Star.

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While the ERA jump might jump off the page, he has never had back-to-back seasons of ERA’s under 2.5. That 3.10 ERA the season after he won the Cy Young is the third lowest of his career.

So, what I am basically saying, is look at the numbers. Arrieta rarely puts together two great seasons in a row. The only times he did was the year he won the Cy Young and the year after. After that, Arrieta’s ERA and loss totals have gone up each year while his SO numbers are down each of the last two years as well.

Winning the Cy Young gave Arrieta another year of being solid. That was the best window of his career. Jacob deGrom has already proven to be a more consistent pitcher year after then Arrieta. Arrieta is the rule, not even the exception of post- Cy Young seasons.