It was Cy Young Award night on Wednesday, with the BWAA revealing which pitchers would take home the honor in the AL and NL.
We've known who the finalists have been for a while, going back even further than when the groups were announced back at the beginning of November. Sonny Gray was always going to be in the running after the season he put together in Minnesota, something that was confirmed when he was named a finalist alongside Kevin Guasman and Gerrit Cole.
It was Cole who ended up unanimously winning the AL Cy Young, with Gray coming in clear second place once the votes were tallied. That wasn't too much of a surprise, though, as it's been expected since the end of the season that Cole would be this year's winner.
While the final results at the top weren't much of a surprise, there was one further down the ballot.
Multiple Twins pitchers finished with Cy Young votes this year
Sonny Gray wasn't the only Twins pitcher who landed votes this year.
Pablo Lopez received a total of six votes -- five fourth-place and one fifth-place vote. It's the first time since 2006 that multiple Twins pitchers received Cy Young votes, and you have to go back even further for the last time it happened two starters.
The last time the Twins had more than one pitcher get Cy Young votes was when Johan Santana and Joe Nathan both gobbled them up.
This is truly a Paul Rudd Look At Us moment. Who would have thought that the Twins, with all the struggles the team has had over the years in finding reliable quality pitching would land two starters with mulitple Cy Young votes?
Not only that, but Lopez finished in the Top 10, which is even further validation of how much of a strength pitching finally is for the Twins. Lopez took a backseat to Gray's phenomenal year on the mound, but this is the perfect way to end his coronation as the new Twins ace.
Lopez gave fans an iconic start in Game 2 of the ALDS in Houston, finished with six Cy Young votes, and has put an amazing cherry on top of a trade the Twins continue to win at seemingly every turn.