Kevin Gausman admits that after seeing fellow American League Cy Young finalist Gerrit Cole in action three times in the final month of the season there was no real race for the season-ending award.
That said, Gausman was honoured at being a finalist after a season in which he emerged as the ace of the Blue Jays starting staff.
Gausman’s prediction held true as the Yankees ace was a unanimous winner of the AL Cy Young, which was announced on Wednesday, after garnering all 30 first-place votes.
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“I’m gonna say no,” Gausman said on a recent episode of the Foul Territory podcast when asked if he thought he had a shot at upending Cole for the award. “I’m a realist. I watched Cole three times in the last month and each one was better than the last and his last one was a (complete game) shutout. I understand the season he put together and the second half he put together.
“It’s still cool to be a part of this group. I have a ton of respect. It’s cool to be a part of it.”
In his second season with the Jays, Gausman finished third in the voting after getting seven second-place votes and 15 third-place nods. Minnesota Twins starter Sonny Gray finished second in voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Cole became the 11th AL pitcher to be voted a unanimous winner and did so after being the runner-up in 2021 (to the Jays’ Robbie Ray) and in 2019 (to Justin Verlander.)
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