Paul Skenes Running Away With NL Rookie Of The Year Award

The Pirates rookie is off to an historic start

Paul Skenes, the Pittsburgh Pirates' sensational rookie pitcher, is making a historic impact in his debut MLB season. With a string of electrifying performances, Skenes has emerged as the frontrunner for the National League Rookie of the Year award, leaving pretty much everyone in awe.

In an unprecedented feat, Skenes has recorded seven or more strikeouts in nine of his first ten career starts, breaking the previous records held by Kerry Wood and Stephen Strasburg. His impressive stats include a 2.12 ERA and 78 strikeouts over 59 1/3 innings. Notably, he has thrown 74 pitches at 100.0+ mph this season, showcasing his other-worldly arm strength.

Through his first ten career starts, Skenes boasts a 5-0 win-loss record, a 2.12 ERA, a 1.01 WHIP, and 78 strikeouts. In a standout performance against the Mets on July 5, Skenes delivered seven innings of solid pitching, allowing just four hits and two earned runs while striking out eight.

Skenes' early career stats are on par with some of the greatest pitchers in MLB history, drawing comparisons to Nolan Ryan, who also recorded 78 strikeouts in his first ten starts. Skenes' current season ERA of 2.12 and a FIP of 2.77 in 59.1 innings further cement his status as a top-tier pitcher.

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Initially opening at +1300 odds to win the NL Rookie of the Year at BetMGM, Skenes' dominant performances have propelled him to a commanding -350 favorite, surpassing competitors like Padres outfielder Jackson Merrill (+300) and Cubs pitcher Shota Imanaga (+1100). His outstanding achievements have also positioned him at +2500 odds to win the NL Cy Young Award, with only a few pitchers like Zack Wheeler and Chris Sale having shorter odds.

Paul Skenes is not just making a case for the NL Rookie of the Year and an All-Star selection; he is already being recognized as one of the top 10 pitchers in MLB. His historic start has ignited excitement among Pirates fans and set the stage for what promises to be a remarkable career.

Skenes is slated to make his next start against the Brewers on Wednesday, July 10.

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