Wednesday was Cy Young day for baseball

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the second-to-last day of Authentic Alex Mack Jersey awards before we can really get the offseason going. The American League was the more exciting race, and Blake Snell ended up winning, but the National League is getting most of the publicity. Jacob deGrom unsurprisingly ran away with that one, receiving all but one first-place vote. Everyone expected this to happen, but the takes are still coming because the takes can never stop. The most common takeaway from this win: The win stat is officially dead. This is true, but it’s true in the same way that Elvis is officially dead. Wins or no wins, deGrom winning this award is not something that only would have happened in this new baseball environment of 2018. The Mets ace almost certainly would have taken this home last year, and the year before that, and the year before that, and the year before that, and you get the point. This wasn’t just a good year in which he didn’t happen to win many games. This was a downright bananas, silly season in which his team seemingly conspired against him to keep his win total down. Honestly, the only thing as impressive as deGrom’s work on the mound was his teammates’ work at the plate and in the field to prevent him from racking up W’s. But again , these kinds of seasons get rewarded, and have for years. deGrom only won ten games, but it was eight years ago now that Felix Hernandez won the American League Cy Young with only 13 wins. This isn’t an entirely new phenomenon. Now, are there still people who emphasize wins more than they should? Yes, of course. And is it still possible to get unlucky and draw s Cy Young voting pool that disproportionately features voters like that? I suppose, though it’s very unlikely. There are people pointing to Blake Snell’s victory as evidence that wins do matter (hello, John Smoltz), but obviously Snell did a lot more than just win games. The majority of people recognize that, though the minority can still be vocal enough to make the group seem larger than it is. The win has been dead for a long time. deGrom’s 2018 should be celebrated for its greatness every chance we get, but it wasn’t the season that killed the win.Manny Machado hasn’t exactly been swimming in positive press lately, but there are still teams that can and should sign him.Folks, this is important.The Mariners are mired in controversy right now with a former trainer accusing the organization of systemic racism throughout the front office. There’s no good way for this end.Pace of play is still the talk of the league, and perhaps they may look at the usage of relievers to speed things up.Marlins fans get a lot of grief for their lack of attendance in Miami Womens Logan Paulsen Jersey , but what are the real reasons for the low turnout? Back to Machado, consider Dellin Betances among those who believe he would be a good addition for the Yankees. Going out on a limb, there!We had a trade on Wednesday that included a lot of depth pieces and low-level prospects. The mid-November hot stove is out of control.All Alex Cora did in his first season as a major-league manager was win 108 games and roll to a World Series title. Understandably, the Red Sox were impressed and gave their manager a new contract.It’s the end of an era in Minnesota with Joe Mauer retiring, and now they have to figure out what they’re going to do at first base.Bryce Harper’s play on the field gives plenty of reasons for teams to want to sign him, but they aren’t the only points of value for the superstar.There’s not a lot of positivity in Kansas City at the moment, but they can be excited about a possible star in Adalberto Mondesi. The Cincinnati Bengals had no reason to panic when they trailed the Atlanta Falcons by five points with about four minutes remaining.That was plenty of time for Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton and his top targets, Tyler Boyd and A.J. Green.Dalton's 13-yard touchdown pass to Green with 7 seconds remaining capped an impressive drive that lifted Cincinnati to a 37-36 win over the Falcons on Sunday."We didn't flinch," Dalton said. "We just kept going. That's what you need to be a really good team and to be a good offense."Giovani Bernard ran for 69 yards and two touchdowns for Cincinnati (3-1), which retained at least a share of the AFC North lead.Dalton completed four passes to Boyd, including two on fourth-down plays, as he moved the Bengals 75 yards on 16 plays in about four minutes. He saved the game's biggest pass for Green.Green, the former University of Georgia star making his first return to the state of Georgia Womens Terrell McClain Jersey , made a diving catch on a corner route in the right side of the end zone to cap the drive."You've got to make the play when your number is called," Green said. "My number was called."Green said he slid to make sure he remained in bounds. He had four catches for 78 yards.Dalton completed 29 of 41 passes for 337 yards , three touchdowns and one interception.Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said it's only fitting his team enjoys some last-minute success."Damn if we hadn't had enough of being on the other side of it," Lewis said.Matt Ryan threw three scoring passes, including two to rookie Calvin Ridley , for the Falcons (1-3).The Falcons have scored more than 30 points in three straight games but won only one of the three.Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP, has thrown eight touchdown passes in the past two weeks and has 10 through four games after throwing only 20 in 2017.Falcons coach Dan Quinn said his team lacks the instinct needed "to close the door" with a lead. "We're going to develop that instinct," he said. "We do not have it as we need it right now."Here are some takeaways from the Bengals-Falcons game:EIFERT INJURYThe Bengals' celebration was tempered by the loss of tight end Tyler Eifert to what appeared to be a season-ending injury. He had four catches for 38 yards, including a 15-yard scoring catch in the first quarter, before suffering a gruesome lower right leg injury early in the third quarter.Eifert, the team's third-leading receiver entering the game, caught a 2-yard pass and was tackled by De'Vondre Campbell and Jack Crawford. Eifert brought his hands up to his helmet as he was on his back in obvious pain. His leg stabilized by the medical staff , Eifert received encouragement from teammates before he was carted off the field.RECORD-SETTING ROOKIERidley is the first NFL rookie with six touchdown catches in his first four games. The total is especially impressive because Ridley didn't have a catch in the Falcons' opener at Philadelphia.ROAD KINGSThe Bengals have enjoyed the strong start despite playing three of their first four games on the road."We knew it was going to be tough sledding," Lewis said. "Not as good as we hoped but we earned this. It won't matter if we don't take care of business the rest of the way."SAD SACKSFalcons second-year defensive end Takk McKinley had three sacks , giving him five for his season. His emergence is a bright spot for a defense obviously struggling to replace injured safeties Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen, who are lost for the season, and linebacker Deion Jones, who must miss at least eight games."I think all three of our (losses), the defense had a chance to get them off the field and win it for the team," McKinley said. "We'll get it going. I'm not going to say I'm not too worried, but the team we've got here, we'll get it rolling."MENDINGEach team was without its top running back. Devonta Freeman missed his third straight game for Atlanta with a sore right knee. Mixon was held out for the second straight week for the Bengals after having debris removed from his right knee.Mixon showed he's healing well when he ran down the sideline to celebrate Green's catch late in the game.
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