Only nine relievers have won a Cy Young Award, none since 2003, when closer Eric Gagne did it with the Dodgers.
And with two months left in this season, Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara is the heavy favorite to win the NL Cy Young.
But does Mets closer Edwin Diaz have a case in the midst of a downright dominant season?
“One-hundred percent,” Mets reliever Tommy Hunter said Friday. “Who’s throwing better than him?”
Alcantara, meanwhile, has been the most elite starter. Entering Friday, he had a 1.88 ERA, 141 strikeouts, three complete games and a 0.93 WHIP across 158 ¹/₃ innings.
“Yeah, he’s got great stuff, but not anywhere close to being as dominant [as Diaz], respectfully,” Hunter said. “He’s great, don’t get me wrong. But he’s definitely not in the same category as Edwin right now.”