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Bauer Named Finalist for NL Cy Young Award

Nov 2, 2020
Trevor Bauer (photo: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports)

Former UCLA right-hander and current Reds ace Trevor Bauer was named a finalist for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award on Monday night by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA).

Bauer was one of MLB's most dominant pitchers in the truncated 2020 campaign, leading the NL with a 1.73 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 5.06 hits per nine innings, two complete games, and two shutouts. In his first full season in Cincinnati, Bauer posted a 5-4 record and struck out 100 batters in just 73 innings.

The Valencia, Calif. native had one of the best outings of his career in his lone playoff start, striking out a dozen batters and allowing just two hits over 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sept. 30.

Earlier this offseason, Bauer was voted the NL Oustanding Pitcher in the Players Association's Player Choice Awards.

Bauer is seeking to become the first Bruin to win MLB's Cy Young Award. Only two other players have ever won both the Cy Young Award and college baseball's Golden Spikes Award (David Price, Tim Lincecum).

The other finalists for the 2020 NL Cy Young Award are Yu Darvish (Chicago Cubs) and Jacob DeGrom (New York Mets). The winner of the award will be announced on Wednesday, Nov. 11. 

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