The unanimous choice of Miami’s Alcantara for the NL Cy Young Award

HOUSTON (AP) — Miami’s Sandy Alcantara won the National League’s Cy Young Award by unanimous decision Wednesday night after posting a 2.28 ERA while pitching a record 228 2/3 innings and six competitive games .

Alcantara received all 30 votes for first place, the 15th time the NL has had a unanimous winner. Atlanta’s Max Fried was second with 72 points, including 10 second-place votes, and Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urías was third with 66 points and seven second-place votes.

It’s the first Cy Young for the 27-year-old from the Dominican Republic, who becomes the first Marlins player to receive the honor.

Alcantara’s six complete games were the most since Chris Sale had six in 2016. The two-time All-Star went 14-9 and pitched seven or more innings in 13 straight starts from May 11 to July 15. , which was the longest such streak since 2014.

Alcantara’s innings and wins were career highs and his ERA was his best in six seasons and ranked second in the NL.

He joins Pedro Martinez (1997) as the only Dominican-born player to win the NL award. Martinez has also won the AL twice (1999, 2000) and the other Dominican AL winner was Bartolo Colon in 2005.

Urías was 17-7 and led the NL with a 2.16 ERA to help the Dodgers lead the Majors with 111 regular season wins. The southpaw has 166 strikeouts after a 2021 season in which he led the Majors with 20 wins.

Fried was 14-7 with a 2.48 ERA and 170 strikeouts. He was a first-time All-Star and helped lead the Braves to their fifth consecutive NL East crown.

Justin Verlander of Houston, Alek Manoah of Toronto and Dylan Cease of the Chicago White Sox were the finalists for the AL Cy Young Award, which will be announced later Wednesday.


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