NL Cy Young Candidates Announced

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 NYM 10-2 1.95 150
Soto CIN 10-5 2.56 100
Sutcliffe CHC 11-3 2.44 132

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.


2 responses to “NL Cy Young Candidates Announced

  1. I would vote for Gooden..


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