How much should a pitcher win overall important if you vote for the Cy Young?
Not much these days.
Jacob deGrom won the prestigious National League prize on Wednesday despite winning only 10 games – the lowest ever ever for a young Cy Young winner. Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez had 13 wins when he won the AL Cy Young in 2010.
"This confirms that the Cy Young is not only an award for the pitcher with the most victories, but also for the most dominant," said Hernandez in 2010.
The New York Mets-Ass received 29 out of 30 first place finishers for 207 total votes in polls conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America at the end of the regular session of the season.
Washington Nationals Max Scherzer, who won eight games more than deGrom, received a first place finisher for 123 total points, followed by Aaron Nola (Philadelphia Phillies), who finished 17 games and finished third with 86 points
9's record was acknowledged by deGrom for his historic season and not punished because of his lack of "W's" because of the bad offense behind him. Among the 58 qualified starters this season deGrom was in the run support average (3.53) penultimate. In comparison, Scherzer finished with 10 wins with 10 wins (5,27), Nola 53 (3,79).
The testimonies of DeGrom are unprecedented. It ended with a minus of 1.70 ERA, the sixth lowest among the qualifiers since the hill was lowered to its current level in 1969. It is the second best ERA in this decade – Zack Greinke ended 2016 with 1.66 ERA.  Opponents beat .142 with a home run in 150 plate appearances with runners in hit position. Even more noteworthy, he had 18 starts, finishing at least six innings, allowing one or zero earned runs, setting a record of 29 straight starts, allowing for three or fewer runs.
For the season, he finished second in the NL (269) behind Scherzer (269) – in the history of Mets fourth last – innings (217) and WHIP (0.91).
"Obviously (Max) Scherzer and (Aaron)) Nola had great seasons, but for Jake, who went out there and did what he did without running support and fighting bad defense, there were very few sounds who were somehow under stress, "catcher Devin Mesoraco said in a telephone interview with the USA TODAY Network.
"Every outing, the binding run took place on the record or in a circle on deck and makes what Jacob did even more impressive."
Scherzer, the triple and reigning NL Cy Young winner, probably had his most dominant Season. He led the majors in pickets (300) and innings (220 ⅔). Neither the Nationals nor Mets had a successful season, which ultimately favored DeGrom.
Nola drove in 33 starts 17-6. He took second place in the NL at ERA (2.37), fifth place at the pickets (224) and the opponent's strike average (.197).
With the award deGrom wins the first Mets launcher since R.A. Dickey in 2012.
"I do not know how anyone ever defeats him," said Brian Snitker, manager of Atlanta Braves, following the definitive launch of deGrom, an eight-inning shutout appearance at Citi Field. "You do not like to face him, but you know what, if you face him, man, you know what he is and what he can do."
Contribution: Matt Ehalt  Follow Boeck on Twitter @scott_boeck