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Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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What, you were expecting someone else?

Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here.

Verlander had a phenomenal season, of course. He won the pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). He also led the league in winning percentage (.828) starts (34), innings (251), WHIP (.920) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.2).

The real conversation about Justin Verlander and postseason awards ceased to be about the Cy Young Award sometime in the middle of the year.  The real question is whether he’ll win the MVP Award.  We’ll find that out on November 21.

  1. Detroit Michael - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    Full results at http://bbwaa.com/.

    Tough to sort out the next group of starters beyond Verlander. I wouldn’t have placed Valverde so high, but yeah, there’s not a lot of down ballot stuff to complain about.

    • aceshigh11 - Nov 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

      Wow, talk about a demolition!

      Verlander is a monster.

  2. phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Hogwash! this just goes to show you how stupid the voters are. seriously? Verlander? wow! im ashamed to be a baseball fan today.

    • Ari Collins - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:25 PM

      Umm. What?

    • Ari Collins - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:29 PM

      Wait, let me guess who one of the most biased Yankee fans on this site thinks should have won… hmm… I bet it was… Weaver, right?

      • phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:36 PM

        Dear Craig,

        Please create Sacasm Font.
        Your biggest fan
        -Me

        C’mon Ari… really?

      • Ari Collins - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Okay, I’ll retract my mocking of your opinion. However… seriously? I know sarcasm is a little tougher to get across without intonation, but that was a particularly poor attempt.

        It also doesn’t make much sense to mock fact-less attacks on players from other teams when you do that yourself quite often.

      • phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

        1) I NEVER mock players from other teams that do not deserve it except for the Sox for obvious reasons. so i am not sure where you get that or “most biased Yankee fan” from. I am obviously a biased Yankees fan in the respect that they are my team and I love them. I have been saying on many many HTB posts that Verlander was the clear cut Cy Young winner since about mid August.
        2) how was it a poor atempt? Verlander winning the Cy Young is as obvious as water being wet. I was making the only statement i could think of about it. I was considering throwing a “how does Lackey not get a single vote” onto it but then it would have taken away from the subtley of it.

  3. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Not sure why I’m shocked, but how can someone really justify giving a second place vote to Valverde?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:24 PM

      also, random comment. Anyone else having trouble viewing HBT on Chrome? It seems to lock up on me all the time now, but not having any issues in firefox. Anyone else or am I just suffering from a severe case of PEBKAC syndrome?

      • Francisco (FC) - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        Clean up the cookies, cache, history, etc. At some point HBT just stuffs Chrome and it locks up.

      • cintiphil - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:33 PM

        Firefox is good with me too. By the way, Who in the world can argue with Verlander? One vote for second place? Makes NO sense.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        Clearing cache worked, thanks Francisco

        Who in the world can argue with Verlander? One vote for second place? Makes NO sense.

        It’s possible to make an argument for Sabathia, but not many, especially writers, will take it seriously. Sabathia faced something like the 3rd toughest set of hitters by OPS+ while Verlander faced the 5th easiest. Sabathia had a better fWAR than Verlander, as well as xFIP and FIP.

      • umrguy42 - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        COPO, I actually have been having that problem with Firefox more, lately. Been reading it on Chrome ok, although sometimes it does lock up a bit more.

    • Kyle - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:39 PM

      No. No they can not.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    Verlander had a phenomenal season, of course. He won the pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). He also led the league in winning percentage (.828) starts (34), innings (251), WHIP (.920) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.2).

    Leading the league in most offensive categories including nose hair…

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:32 PM

      Did he once throw at his own kid in a father/son game?

      • phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        that for the courts to decide

  5. marinersnate - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    I for one think that this vote was very skewed. I personally had Jeter winning by a landslide with Verlander a very distant second….

    • phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:56 PM

      pretty sure you are thinking about ROY

    • cshearing - Nov 16, 2011 at 8:12 AM

      See, phukyouk, that’s good sarcasm. Trying to keep it subtle in written form is just asking for trouble.

  6. cosanostra71 - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Jered Weaver should have gotten at least 1 vote, but whatever

  7. phukyouk - Nov 15, 2011 at 3:42 PM

    He did… just not first place. this was easily decided before September Verlander was hands down the best pitcher in the league this whole season possibly the last couple seasons. his dominance was out of this world. a first place vote for anyone else would have been incredibly stupid.

  8. dickclydesdale - Nov 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    Verlander sucks in the playoffs. He is pathetic in the post season as he gets lit up like the scared sucker that he is. Sure he does good in the reg. season but he is a piece of garbage in the playoffs.

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