5. Jacob deGrom - 2019
The second of Jacob deGrom's back to back Cy Young Awards was deGrominant. Despite pitching with virtually no run support, deGrom was able to go out there every fifth day and give the Mets a chance to win.
deGrom went 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA in his 32 starts. He struck out a league leading 255 batters in 204 innings pitched. deGrom has always been a specialist in getting out of jams, but he was so good at it, he was only taken out mid-inning twice all season. The Mets trusted him and only him to get out of jams.
deGrom went at least seven innings in 19 of his 32 starts which nowadays is impressive. He went on a streak from June through the end of the season in which he went at least seven innings in all but two starts. He made 15 starts in that span.
In the entire second half deGrom was unhittable. He went 7-1 with a 1.44 ERA in his 14 second half starts. His 94 innings pitched in the second half means he averaged 6.7 innings per start which is impressive. The Mets went on a run in the second half when others played well but deGrom of course led the way.
deGrom took home 29 of the 30 first place votes for the Cy Young Award, was an all-star, and finished tenth in the MVP balloting. It might not have been quite as dominant as his 2018 season, but it was still pretty, pretty good for the Mets ace.