The Miami Marlins ace finished the season with a 14-9 record in 32 starts and posted a 2.28 ERA.
Despite finishing in second place in the NL in ERA behind Los Angeles Dodgers lefty Julio Urias, who posted a 2.16 ERA, Alcantara was the unanimous choice to win the award, receiving all 30 first-place votes.
Alcantara also became the first Marlins pitcher to ever win the award.
Sandy Alcantara received all 30 first place votes for the NL Cy Young Award! pic.twitter.com/LOV7gFKUyW
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Alcantara Wins Cy Young
Alcantara came to the Marlins from the St. Louis Cardinals in the trade that sent Marcell Ozuna back to St. Louis.
If there is any player that Cardinals fans wish wasn’t traded, Alcantara would be the one.
Making his debut as a reliever in 2017, Alcantara blossomed into a top starter upon his arrival in Miami, earning his first All-Star nod in 2019.
He even threw a few complete games against his old team in 2021 and during the 2022 season.
The young right-hander has quickly become one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.
The choice was clear for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America when voting for the Cy Young in the National League.
The 27-year-old earned his second All-Star nod in 2022.
Now, just as Verlander did in the American League, Alcantara has taken home the Cy Young Award in the National League, and it wasn’t even close.