Toronto Blue Jays: Handing out the internal awards for the 2021 season
Cy Young Award
Winner: Robbie Ray
Honourable Mentions: Alek Manoah & Steven Matz
Signing with the Blue Jays on a one-year, $8 million dollar deal early in the 2020/2021 off-season, it is safe to say that the Robbie Ray signing was one of the top deals this past Winter across the entire Major Leagues.
Ray would finish the 2021 season as one of the top arms in the league, leading the American League in ERA (2.84), strikeouts (248), WHIP (1.04), and innings pitched (193.1) while finishing second in terms of opponents batting average with a minuscule .210.
The southpaw anchored the Blue Jays starting rotation and fans saw a vast improvement in his control on the mound, finishing the year with just 52 walks compared to the 45 he surrendered during just 12 starts last season and the 84 he allowed in 2019.
The Tennessee product also broke an impressive Major League record, striking out 1241 batters through 1000 innings pitched through his career, besting the previous record owner in Padres right-hander Yu Darvish with his 1222 strikeouts through the same amount of innings.
Ray only had four games this season where he allowed four or more earned runs through 32 games started and was able to mix up his pitches well, throwing a devastating slider that kept hitters on their toes and sending many back to the dugout with their heads hanging low.
Not only does Ray earn the Blue Jays Cy Young award but the southpaw should also win the AL Cy Young award later this off-season as he was one of the most dominant pitchers in the league and rightfully deserves the honour after his stellar campaign.