Nov 15, 2011, 2:00 PM EST
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.
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