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Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT

Max Scherzer Reuters

Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma.

Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting just six picks for second place. Oddly, the two non-Scherzer first place votes didn’t go to either. Anibal Sanchez got one and finished fourth in the balloting. Chris Sale got the other and finished fifth.

With Miguel Cabrera expected to win his second straight MVP award tomorrow, Tigers players will have claimed five of the last six MVPs and Cy Young Awards handed out by AL voters. Justin Verlander won both MVP and Cy Young in 2011. Before that, the Tigers had been without a winner in either category since Willie Hernandez swept both awards in 1984.

The only non-Tiger to win AL MVP or Cy in the last three years was the Rays’ David Price in 2012.

Scherzer went 21-3, leading the AL in victories by three, to make his selection a no-brainer for a certain portion of the voters. But while the other stats don’t necessarily point to him as the AL’s best pitcher, they don’t clearly point to anyone else either. Scherzer finished fifth in the league in ERA at 2.90, but he did that it a hitter’s park with a poor defense behind him. He was also first in WHIP and second to Darvish in strikeouts. Fangraphs WAR had Scherzer as the AL’s top pitcher, while Baseball-reference WAR had Iwakuma first.

  1. giantboy99 - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    No brainier

    • aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      Those 2 large pepperoni pizzas that I just ordered for $15 dollars was a no brainer, oh and a 2 liter coke :)

      • beelza - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:08 PM

        Every Thursday, my off-season support contribution, as meager as it is. I hope Max stays. Change that to “prays.”

    • thetruthcampaign - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:51 AM

      Tiiiiigs! Yeah, baby!

  2. tc4306 - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    People will dismiss the 21-3 record, but the guy posted a ridiculous 0.9705 WHIP, turned in quality starts in 25 of 32 outings and struck out 10. 08 per nine innings. There are enough stats out there that you can cherry pick some to support the other guys, who also had good seasons, but you can’t get around the fact that Scherzer was damn good. The right guy won.

    • normcash - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      You’re right—like the dingbats who will/have already voted thumbs down on your comment…

    • bendover09 - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:04 AM

      If Yu had the same offense production he would’ve won easily… But honesty it works out better for Detroit if you are a Rangers fan. Just means now, his contract will go up even higher making the tigers pawns a little more

  3. historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Hot damn!

    /does happy wiggly dance

    • nbjays - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      I’m shocked and disappointed in you, Historio… I expected your patented Max Scherzer opening line here…


      • historiophiliac - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        His Heterochromianess, y’all!

      • nbjays - Nov 14, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        Thank you! Now all is well with the universe.

  4. twinwildflyer - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Who’s chris salt?

    • tfbuckfutter - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      I can’t believe he only got 1 first place vote.

      Guy is the best Corporate Communications and Financial PR Specialist that London has ever seen.

      The fix is clearly in.

      (Although I’m actually more curious if Matthew made the typo or the BBWAA writer did).

    • philliesblow - Nov 13, 2013 at 9:14 PM

      Friend of John Galt?

    • asimonetti88 - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      Veruca’s brother?

  5. holographicribs - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Okay, who was the imbecile who gave Chris Sale a first place vote?

  6. moose2k - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    The Tigers, all plaques and no rings

  7. aphillieated - Nov 13, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    His eyes are awesome.

  8. socalskinsfan21 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    “Hello, Chief?”

    “This is MAX”

    -Dan Plesac

  9. florida76 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Like it or not, wins will always be important, and people who understand the game know this well. 21-3 was a spectacular season for a division champion, case closed.

    • km9000 - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Like it or not, no one’s saying “Lot of wins = you suck.”

  10. socalskinsfan21 - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM


    I’d be willing to bet Hawk had some say in that vote.

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Nov 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Great season for Max, and a well deserved award. I hope he stays a Tigers though, or at least they something unbeleivable for him in a trade.

    • mortalkondek - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      Yeah, I love having Max on the team but I am worried they will not be able to keep him.

  12. joestemme - Nov 13, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Scherzer no doubt deserved this.

    But, I was still surprised that Koji Uehara only got three votes (a 2nd and two 3rds). Relievers don’t win this often (although it has been done), but, is there much doubt that Koji had one of the best seasons a reliever ever had?

  13. srirachahhhhhhhh - Nov 14, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    hes not even the best pitcher on his team. lame

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