Toronto Blue Jays’ Robbie Ray caps career year with American League Cy Young

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Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Robbie Ray capped a career 2021 season with the Cy Young award on Wednesday, besting Gerrit Cole of the New York Yankees and Lance Lynn of the Chicago White Sox.

Armed with a four-seam fastball, slider, curveball and change-up repertoire, Ray was 13-7 with a 2.84 ERA (1.04 WHIP) in 193.1 innings pitched whereas main all American League pitchers with 6.7 bWAR. Ray grew to become the primary Blue Jay to win the award since Roy Halladay took house the honors in 2003, becoming a member of a membership that includes Pat Hentgen in 1996 and Roger Clemens in 1997 and 1998.

Ray grew to become a free-agent after the 2021 season and is among the prime pitchers available on the market.

Lynn completed third in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America whereas Cole completed second. Ray obtained 29 of 30 first-place votes.

Ray began his career as a twelfth spherical draft choose of the Nationals in 2010 earlier than being traded in 2013 to the Detroit Tigers within the deal that despatched Doug Fister to Washington DC. Ray made his main league debut in 2014 earlier than the Tigers traded Ray to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a deal that despatched Didi Gregorius from Arizona to New York and Shane Greene from New York to Detroit.

The 30-year-old Ray landed in Toronto in 2020 after the Arizona Diamondbacks traded him in change for reliever Travis Bergen. In 2020, Ray pitched in 5 video games, posting a 4.79 ERA, 1.74 WHIP in 20.2 innings pitched after struggling with the Diamondbacks to the tune of a 7.84 ERA and a pair of.00 WHIP in seven begins.

Ray re-signed with Toronto after the 2020 season with a one-year, $8 million contract. While Ray missed the primary two weeks of the 2021 season recovering from an elbow contusion he suffered falling down a set of stairs late in spring coaching, he posted the most effective year of his career, main the American league in ERA, innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA+ and WHIP.

Ray additionally broke Yu Darvish‘s file for many career strikeouts via 1,000 innings pitched with 1,241 and is presently the all-time chief in strikeouts per 9 (11.2).

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