Award-worthy Cubs from recent memory who were runners-up


Yu Darvish joined a group of Cubs from recent memory to come up just short in award voting, finishing as the runner-up for the 2020 National League Cy Young Award.

Reds starter Trevor Bauer was named the winner of the honor on Wednesday, tallying 27 first-place votes. Darvish finished second with three first-place votes, with the Mets' Jacob deGrom finishing third.

In 12 starts this season, Darvish, 34, went 8-3 with a 2.01 ERA (second in NL) and 0.961 WHIP (third). In 76 innings, he racked up 93 strikeouts compared to 14 walks, finishing first among NL starters with a 3.0 fWAR. 

Bauer was just as brilliant, holding a 1.73 ERA and 0.795 WHIP (both first in NL) in 11 starts, to go along with 100 strikeouts and 17 walks in 73 innings. His 2.5 fWAR was third among NL starters.

Who are those aforementioned Cubs, you ask? Here's a look at nine North Siders who, like Darvish, had award-worthy seasons (dating back to 1970) but finished as runners-up behind other worthy players.


Yu Darvish and other award-worthy Cubs who finished as runners-up

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