The top three candidates for the 1984 National League Cy Young Award were announced today.
In alphabetical order, the nominees were Dwight Gooden, Mario Soto, and Rick Sutcliffe.
Gooden – the teenage rookie phenom – went 10-2 with a 1.95 ERA and an astounding 150 strikeouts.
He finished 2nd in the National League in ERA, Wins, Win-Loss% and Strikeout/Walk ratio.
It was no surprise that those 150 strikeouts led the league – a full 18 above the next closest mark. His 11.7 K/9 was 2.5 higher than anybody else.
Gooden completed 8 starts and tossed 3 shutouts.
Soto won 5 of his final 6 starts to end up 10-5 with a 2.56 ERA, striking out 100 on the nose.
He led the NL with 137 innings pitched, 10 complete games and 6.2 hits allowed per 9 innings of work.
His 1.04 WHIP was just 0.03 below the league-best mark.
Sutcliffe went 11-3 with a 2.44 ERA to lead the NL in Wins.
He led the league with 6 shutouts and was among league leaders in K/9 (2nd), innings pitched (2nd), strikeouts (2nd), complete games (2nd), H/9 (3rd), ERA (8th), Win-Loss% (3rd), K/9 (2nd) and CG (2nd).
Three great candidates.
While the American League Cy Young Award has been a foregone conclusion for some time now, this is a real head-scratcher.