Robbie Ray of Blue Jays wins 5th Cy Young award in franchise history

Toronto Blue Jay Robbie Ray won the Cy Young Award as the best pitcher in the American League in 2021.

Ray had a 13-7 record this past season, with a 2.84 earned average with 248 strikeouts over 193.1 innings thrown.

His ERA and total strikeouts were the best in the American League in 2021.

Ray, with 29 of 30 first-place votes, defeated out New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole and Chicago White Sox ace Lance Lynn for the AL’s highest pitching honor.

It is the fifth time Blugarolo has won the Cy Young, after Pat Hentgen in 1996, Roger Clemens in 1997 and 1998 and Roy Halladay in 2003.

Meanwhile, Corbin Burnes of Milwaukee won the National League Cy Young Award, beating out Max Scherzer of Los Angeles and Zack Wheeler of Philadelphia.

Ray turned down Jays’ offer

The 30-year-old Ray and cash considerations were exchanged to Toronto by the Arizona Diamondbacks on August 31, 2020, against pitcher Travis Bergen.

Ray is a free agent after a decline from the one-year, $ 18.4 million U.S. qualifying offer the Blue Jays made last week. Ray’s decision was expected as he is poised to be one of the most sought after players in free agency.

Ray’s powerful arm always pointed. He ranks No. 1 in major league history with 11.2 strikeouts per nine innings (at least 1,000 innings), and he was starred with Arizona in 2017.

But controlling his heat and sharp breaking pitches was often a problem, and Ray founded last year. He led the majors in walks during a combined 2-5 with a 6.62 ERA for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays during the pandemic-shortened season.

The downturn caused his base salary to drop from $ 9.43 million to $ 8 million this year. He earned some of that back with a $ 125,000 bonus for winning the Cy Young, and figures for cash even sooner.

Edited and signed by Washington in 2010, Ray made his major league debut in 2014 with Detroit – this staff also included future Cy Young winners Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Rick Porcello and David Price.

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