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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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Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 6:06 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

The most dominating pitcher on the planet right now no doubt about it.

I have a feeling he has another award coming his way next week.

I don't understand the delay for announcing the MLB awards...they were voted on before the playoffs even started, but aren't announced until mid November?? It's stupid.



Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

A complete STUD!!!




Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Congrats to JV.  An absolute no-brainer for this award. 
And perhaps the MVP ... we will see.

Anyone who thinks they can argue against this should just quit before they start.
They can't and ... they won't.

Now ... onto no hitter numbers 3 - 10, 300 wins and a unanimous first ballot hall of fame ticket!



Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:54 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

CC SABBATHIA = FAT TUB OF GLUE, who every year has a era of 3.50 or higher, go eat more French Fries you loser Sabbathia Fans.
One of the stupidest posts I've ever read.  



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:48 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

The winner of the AL Cy Young was a "no-brainer" all the way! If anyone thought that any other pitcher in the AL was going to win the Cy Young needs to leave the DNA(drugs and alcohol) alone.......seriously!!!!!CoolMoney mouthCool



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Verlander being a unanimous choice isn't all that surprising. He was clearly the most dominant pitcher in the American League. What I am surprised by (in a good way) is that Jose Valverde took 5th. I know he didn't blow a single save all year, but I didn't think that any closer not named Mariano Rivera would ever get votes for the Cy Young. It's always struck me as a starting pitcher's award, not one for closers. Who was the last AL reliever to win? Was it Dennis Eckersley in 92? So congrats to Verlander, and congrats to Papa Grande.



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

dsmith, you are a total tool. Stay in Detroit where you belong. We don't want you anywhere near LA



Since: May 16, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

I'm actually surprised that one of the LA media homers didn't give at least one vote to Weaver. They seem to vote for every other LA player marginally deserving of an award. Nevertheless, congrats to Verlander and Tigers fans.


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Since: Dec 24, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:47 pm
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Since: Jul 3, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:37 pm
 

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

shocker...


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