As expected, Aaron Nola did not win the 2018 National League Cy Young award.

The Phillies ace finished third in voting behind winner Jacob deGrom, of the Mets, and the Nationals' Max Scherzer, who finished second, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Wednesday.

Nola picked up 27 third-place votes, along with two fourth-place and one fifth-place vote to finish nearly 40 points behind Scherzer.

De Grom received 29 of the 30 first-place votes.

Although Nola wasn't expected to beat out division rivals deGrom and Scherzer, he did turn in his best season of his brief career in 2018. The 25-year-old righthander reached 200 innings for the first time. He started opening day and finished with a 2.37 ERA.

Historically, his 2018 looks pretty good, too. Nola is only the second Phillies pitcher to strike out at least 200 batters and hold opponents to a .200 average or lower in a season. The other was Grover Cleveland Alexander, and he did it in 1915.

Nola is the first homegrown Phillies pitcher to finish in the top three in Cy Young balloting. His 86 votes are the most for a Phillie since Cliff Lee picked up 90 in 2011 (he finished third; Roy Halladay finished second).

Scott Lauber contributed to this story.