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It's unanimous: Verlander claims AL Cy Young

Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:00 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2011 5:39 am
 
Verlander

By Evan Brunell


In a season for the ages, Justin Verlander took home the AL Cy Young Award on Tuesday, winning the award unanimously, just the fourth pitcher in the AL to do so.

It was a no-brainer decision for voters after Verlander racked up a 2.40 ERA, good enough to lead the American League. He did so in 251 innings, which led all of baseball. Verlander's accomplishments don't stop there -- he also led baseball in wins, racking up 24 against five losses, and also was tops in the game in strikeouts (250) and WHIP, sinking under 1.00 and finishing at .920.

The last pitcher to have a WHIP under 1.00 and strike out at least 250 batters was in 2004, when three pitchers accomplished the feat in Ben Sheets, Johan Santana and Randy Johnson. But if you add in at least 250 innings pitched, there have only been two pitchers since 1986 to accomplish that feat. Curt Schilling with the Diamondbacks in 2002 is the only other man left standing with Verlander.

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Once you factor in ERA, Verlander stands alone in how dominant he was. Schilling's 3.23 ERA was very good for the offensive climate of 2002, but even Schilling doesn't compare with Verlander in how dominant over and above the average pitcher Verlander was. Mike Scott in 1986 and Dwight Gooden in 1985 are the only pitchers since the 1970s to put together a total package of accomplishments like Verlander did. In fact, Verlander is now the first AL pitcher to win both Rookie of the Year and Cy Young in a career. The feat has been accomplished five times in the NL, but it is an AL first.

While Gooden didn't toss any no-hitters during his transcendent season, Scott did, blanking the Giants on Sept. 25. Verlander can match that feat, as he tossed his second career no-hitter on May 7, taking out the Blue Jays. Verlander walked just one and faced the minimum 27 batters. In his next start, he had a no-hitter until the sixth inning. In total, Verlander had 15 2/3 innings of consecutive no-hit ball. It wasn't the last time he would flirt with a no-hitter, taking one into the eighth inning on June 14 and July 31.

Verlander's victory gives the Tigers their first Cy Young since 1984, when closer Willie Hernandez took home the honor. Verlander's unanimous selection marks the 18th such time in baseball it has occurred. The first time it happened was with a fellow Tiger, with Denny McLain the obvious victor in 1968, two years after baseball decided to give the award to one pitcher in each league. The Cy Young had previously been awarded to one pitcher upon inception in 1956. The NL also made its first unanimous selection in 1968, handing the distinction to Bob Gibson.

With Verlander, there are six pitchers who can boast unanimous victories in the AL, with Roger Clemens, Pedro Martinez and Johan Santana all winning the award unanimously twice. McLain and Ron Guidry are the other AL hurlers with unanimous selections. Verlander will earn an additional $500,000 on top of his $12.75 million salary as a result of the victory.

The Angels' Jered Weaver (18-8, 2.41) finished second with 97 points, the only other pitcher to be named on each ballot. James Shields of the Rays had 66 points, finishing third. He is followed by CC Sabathia of the Yankees with 63 points, and Tigers closer Jose Valverde rounded out the top five with 28 points.

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Comments

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:47 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Cough cough!!!!!!  Suck a dick Yankee fan.......He destroyed everyone he faced and I am not a Tigers fan, but to see such an ignorant comment pisses me off Congrats Justin!
The person who made the comment about CC winning the CYA over Verlander isn't a Yankee fan.  If you actually read the post instead of blindly getting angry at Yankee fans you would realize that.  Now thats what I call ignorant.  



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:45 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Congrats to Justin Verlander, he was by far the most dominating pitcher of the year. However, to the guy who wants CC to get the award, there are actually a few others more deserving than CC. Take James Shields for instance, 11 CG, 4 SO, a 2.82 ERA. The only two things he actually had over Shields were wins and K's. Weaver is another man who deserved it more than Sabathia. Weaver had an astonishing 2.41 ERA, had one less win than Sabathia, a lot lower WHIP. Weaver had one of the best pre All-Star performances. Which is irrelevant sense they don't look at pre-All Star stats. However, it doen't matter, Verlander deserved it more than anyone else in the league. One of the best pitching years by far. Now, Kershaw should win the NL CY and Kemp should win NL MVP.



Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:43 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Cough cough!!!!!!  Suck a dick Yankee fan.......He destroyed everyone he faced and I am not a Tigers fan, but to see such an ignorant comment pisses me off Congrats Justin!


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Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:29 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Would love to see JV win the MVP but really how are pitchers winning this award when one of the guidelines states the player must have a contribution on the defensive side of the game. Not sure of the wording but the criteria doesn't fit for pitchers to win the MVP just like the criteria doesn't fit for everyday players to win the Cy Young award.  




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:10 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Didn't someone else deserve this award... like ummmm..... wow this is the first no brainer they got, he without a doubt won this award and should be considered for MVP but I doubt he'll get that... what a year for Verlander in a year that we had some stand out pitchers he made them look like they were just good...



Since: Jun 4, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

I would have gave it to C.C Sabathia. Justin Verlander doesn't deserve the CY Young award. He is not even that good of a pitcher. And besides 18 of those wins game against teams that had a .500 or less losing record
I think the MLB should strip Justin Verlander of the CY Young award and give it to somebody that is better like C.C Sabathia. I am not a Yankees fan or a Tigers fan...But i think C.C had a better season then Verlander. 
That is ridiculously false. Whether CC is purely a better than Verlander can be debated, as both are two of the best in baseball, but by your standards, Pujols would win MVP every year just because he is a better player and Bryce Harper would win ROY because he is the best player who, before this year, had never played in the majors. It's just not right. The awards go to who had the best season, not who the best player is.



Since: Mar 2, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 7:01 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Without a doubt. Not a surprise. Congrats Justin.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Congratz on the award

 




Since: Mar 6, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:41 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Well deserving of the CY Young for sure. But, no way does he deserve the MVP. 35 starts out of 162 game schedule isn't who should get the MVP. I would vote for Miguel Cabrera before Verlander.


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