Despite being a finalist for the NL Cy Young, it was very evident before today that Max Fried would not win the award. It was a battle for second place behind Miami’s Sandy Alcantara, and that’s exactly how the voters saw it. Alcantara won the award unanimously, but it was Fried that received the most second place votes.
Sandy Alcantara wins the Nationals League Cy Young unanimously! pic.twitter.com/PlIoosvghs
— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) November 16, 2022
Alcantara was unbelievable this season and deserved the honor, but in most statistics, Fried was right there. The Braves lefty finished 2022 with a career-best 2.48 ERA, 2.70 FIP, and 5.9 WAR. Over the last three seasons, Fried has elevated himself into the elite echelon of pitchers, and he just might be the best southpaw on the planet. Hopefully, he can win one of these awards in the future while he is still a member of the Braves.
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