Trevor Bauer thinks he’s a shoo-in for the NL Cy Young Award this season.
After the Reds ace pitched eight innings of one-run ball with 12 strikeouts in Cincinnati’s 6-1 vicotry over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, Bauer lowered his ERA to a National League-leading 1.73 and became the first NL pitcher to reach 100 strikeouts this season.
But it wasn’t just his performance that turned heads throughout the league, it was the bold statement he made to reporters afterward.
Asked if he thought he’d cemented himself as this year’s NL Cy Young Award winner, Bauer was frank: “I don’t see how you can see it any other way.”
Bauer later tweeted “Gimme dat” and then quote tweeted the #BauerForCy2020 with “has a nice ring to it.”
Bauer, who’s emerged as a prominent voice among MLB players, has played a major part in the Reds’ push to reach the postseason for the first time since 2013. Cincinnati currently owns sole possession of the NL’s seventh-best record, having collected wins in nine of their last 11 games to improve to 29-28.
Mets ace Jacob deGrom has won the award the past two seasons.