Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young

Tigers righty Justin Verlander unanimously won the American League Cy Young award, announced the Baseball Writers Association of America.  Verlander posted a 2.40 ERA with 250 strikeouts and 24 wins in 251 regular season innings this year, leading the league in all four categories.  The Tigers have him under contract through 2014.

Also receiving votes: Jered Weaver, James Shields, C.C. Sabathia, Jose Valverde, C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren, Mariano Rivera, Josh Beckett, Ricky Romero, and David Robertson.  Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News provided the lone vote for Robertson, rating him the league's best reliever.

Shields gets a $500K increase in his 2012 salary with the top five finish, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.     


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249 Comments on "Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young"


MB923
3 years 9 months ago

John Lackey was robbed!

Redsoxn8tion
3 years 9 months ago

That’s awesome. Congrats to Verlander.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

A Big congrats, well earned for him. 

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 9 months ago

You’re thinking of the ESPN CY Yuk award.

3 years 9 months ago

The Red Sox were robbed. By John Lackey. lmao.

LMTShawn
3 years 9 months ago

John Lackey didn’t make them sign him.

3 years 9 months ago

the lmao literally made me LOL

3 years 9 months ago

The Red Sox were robbed. By John Lackey. lmao.

NYBravosFan10
3 years 9 months ago

{gasp} shocker!!!! Congrats Verlander!!!

East Coast Bias
3 years 9 months ago

…and the world is round.

monkeydung
3 years 9 months ago

when does NL get announced?

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Thursday.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

I thought NL is tomorrow and MVP is Thursday?

Also when is Manager of the year announced?

threeeds
3 years 9 months ago

Manager of the Year is tomorrow, they announced that at the end of the AL Cy Young broadcast.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Thanks. Are MVP’s then announced next week? Blaa I hate all these delays.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Thanks. Are MVP’s then announced next week? Blaa I hate all these delays.

3 years 9 months ago

is that some sort of a sick joke? David [profanity] Robertson?! The fact he was even mentioned in a Cy Young article is embarrassing. The Yankee writer who cast that vote should be banned from the process effective immediately.

Liam_Ho
3 years 9 months ago

Have you seen what he’s done this year. Its laughable Valverde is 5th, even getting a 2nd place vote.

3 years 9 months ago

And the most undervalued pitcher to get voted is Dan Haren. Hell, which SP would have pitched a game in relief in April between his scheduled starts? He has hot a heart, m’boy!

Motor_City_Bombshell
3 years 9 months ago

Oh, so Valverde’s 49 for 49 in saves didn’t warrant a fifth place finish? Yeah, not impressive at all.

Liam_Ho
3 years 9 months ago

Considering he’s not even the best relief pitcher in the AL this year, no he shouldn’t be fifth. Try looking at his numbers other than saves.

mistermonkey
3 years 9 months ago

Saves is the only stat that matters for a closer. I’ll take a closer with a 9 ERA as long as he gets the save every single time — and Valverde’s ERA was a hell of a lot better than 9. Ask Jordan Walden, if you don’t believe me.

Liam_Ho
3 years 9 months ago

Considering he’s not even the best relief pitcher in the AL this year, no he shouldn’t be fifth. Try looking at his numbers other than saves.

verlander
3 years 9 months ago

Personally, I think Austin Jackson deserves credit for at least two of Valverde’s saves (the game saving catch in LA and nailing Fukudome at the plate for the final out).

3 years 9 months ago

robertson had better season than both mo and valverde, he just did his in the 8th instead of the 9th

YanksFanSince78
3 years 9 months ago

amazing how you take issue with 1 5th place “honorary” vote that means nothing in the overall scheme of things but say nothing about Velvarde getting 4 3nd/3rd votes.

pastlives
3 years 9 months ago

in that one writer’s defense, robertson was really awesome

threeeds
3 years 9 months ago

For sure. I was surprised that his name was mentioned, but he definitely deserved at least some consideration. 

BiffCanyon
3 years 9 months ago

Really, the fact that anyone would find his name being mentioned a “sick joke” is laughable. Every single one of his stats (aside from saves, which are pretty much just a representation of the larger body of work (but only for pitchers who pitch the 9th inning)) was better than Valverde’s.

Picture, if you will, a pitcher with Valverde’s saves total/record and Robertson’s other stats. I give you David Robertson in a few years when Rivera retires. So yes. He deserves the minutia of recognition he got from the Cy Young voters.

MetsMagic
3 years 9 months ago

I remember Mariano came in like 3rd for Cy voting when he was Wetteland’s setup man. Robertson didn’t deserve serious consideration, but recognition was deserved for being a complete stud. 

es0terik
3 years 9 months ago

Wow Romero actually got some votes? Am I hallucinating?

Jose_Bautista
3 years 9 months ago

He was pretty darn good. He would have had 20 wins if his could just make couple of runs in his starts.

Not that wins is an judge of the type of pitcher Romero is.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Stop talking about wins. Only teams can win. One player cannot win. This is a team game.

Pete
3 years 9 months ago

Stop talking about wins. Only teams can win. One player cannot win. This is a team game.

BooJays33
3 years 9 months ago

Ricky deserved more than just 1 4th place vote.  sub 3 ERA in the AL EAST, im biased because i probably watched atleast 25 of his starts but he was amazing this year.  verlander, weaver, sabathia, shields, romero.

3 years 9 months ago

you can add Hellickson to that list too. He was really good this year.

BooJays33
3 years 9 months ago

no doubt, his peripherals weren’t stunning but there’s no denying the kid can pitch. hard to give the 3rd best pitcher on his own team a vote for mvp.  worthy of the roy tho.

3 years 9 months ago

you can add Hellickson to that list too. He was really good this year.

BooJays33
3 years 9 months ago

Ricky deserved more than just 1 4th place vote.  sub 3 ERA in the AL EAST, im biased because i probably watched atleast 25 of his starts but he was amazing this year.  verlander, weaver, sabathia, shields, romero.

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

It’s because the writers like his wife. And the rest of the Blue Jays staff makes him look good.

3 years 9 months ago

Its the fact that Ricky was pretty much top 5 or so in every single significant pitching category that makes him look good. Dont let the facts blind you though…

Guest
3 years 9 months ago

Those are the facts that were blinding me. 6th in ERA, 12th in K’s, 12th in WHIP and 10th in W. I like him and think he’s decent, but he wasn’t top 5 any category.

James Kong
3 years 9 months ago

now rays will consider trading Shields.

Usman
3 years 9 months ago

We all knew this since mid-season.

Rick Garcia
3 years 9 months ago

Well this isn’t surprising. Congrats nonetheless.

dtowntigers43
3 years 9 months ago

didnt see that coming…

MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

3 Yankees no big deal

3 years 9 months ago

Too bad that doesn’t mean anything 

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Okay? 

dtowntigers43
3 years 9 months ago

2 tigers in the top 5 no big deal

MrBaseball29
3 years 9 months ago

When I’s 2 better than 3? Of course it’s a big deal when have you seen a set up man get cy young votes

pastlives
3 years 9 months ago

when one of the 2 is the winner by far? durrr

threeeds
3 years 9 months ago

A setup man that had an ERA of 1.08 in 66 2/3 innings. He also had 100 strikeouts in those 66 2/3 innings, good for a 13.5 K/9. He was fantastic this year.

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

the yanks could have swept the votes and it still wouldn’t make a difference, it just means that they have the best players but still can’t win

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Says the Expos/Nationals? fan

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

not a nationals fan just support canadian baseball and the 94 expos were a hell of a team

expos94
3 years 9 months ago

the yanks could have swept the votes and it still wouldn’t make a difference, it just means that they have the best players but still can’t win

3 years 9 months ago

“66 2/3 innings.”

threeeds
3 years 9 months ago

A setup man that had an ERA of 1.08 in 66 2/3 innings. He also had 100 strikeouts in those 66 2/3 innings, good for a 13.5 K/9. He was fantastic this year.

3 years 9 months ago

the real question is will he win MVP?

jubeininja69
3 years 9 months ago

he should get the AL MVP.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

“Yes, one writer considered Robertson the fifth most valuable pitcher in the American League this year.”

Just to note, voting pitchers for MVP or on an MVP ballot, is not the same as voting pitchers for the Cy Young Award. The Cy Young award specifically goes to the best overall pitcher. In all likelihood, a pitcher who wins an MVP wins a Cy Young Award, but I’m referring to later parts in the ballot.

For instance, in 2010, David Price finished 2nd in the Cy Young voting. CC Sabathia finished 3rd.

CC Sabathia was on 7 ballots for MVP, David Price was on Zero ballots. So as you can see, it does not mean they think Robertson was the 5th Most Valuable pitcher, they just feel, for whatever the heck reason, he was the 5th best pitcher.

3 years 9 months ago

That’s fair, I’ll change the words “most valuable” to “best.”

not_brooks
3 years 9 months ago

I could have seen Robertson getting votes if it hadn’t been for that walk rate that was pretty close to five per nine.

Aside from that walk rate, he was unbelievable this year.

Hermie13
3 years 9 months ago

Unfortunately though he did have a horrific walk rate. The fact that robertson got a vote over Justin Masterson is sad….almost as bad as him making the all-star game over him. Not surprised though, but still pretty bad

nathanalext
3 years 9 months ago

Not trying to be melodramatic, but, was there even any other choice? Was there anyone else even in the running? Judging by the result, well.. there.. Wasn’t.

MB923
3 years 9 months ago

Nope, that’s why it was unanimous. I think a better Prediction would have been, who finished 3rd and lower. Weaver was nearly a definite #2 choice also.

Jay
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, Weaver is #2, has been since he came into the league.

Jay
3 years 9 months ago

Yes, Weaver is #2, has been since he came into the league.

IHateJoeBuck
3 years 9 months ago

I’d take Haren over Weaver, but we’re splitting hairs at that point.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 9 months ago

Well deserved. Looking forward to seeing if he can build on this performance next year.

Karkat
3 years 9 months ago

Glad to finally get that out of the way so we can look forward to the MVP showdown.

RiverKKiller999
3 years 9 months ago

Bruce Chen didn’t even get a vote. *pity*

IHateJoeBuck
3 years 9 months ago

They didn’t want him to win the Cy Young AND the MVP.

3 years 9 months ago

Voters got it right. Congrats Verlander.