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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

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: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:26 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

congrats JV on an awesome season and a very derserving CY, wish we could have won a championship this year but maybe next. As long as your in the rotation we'll always have a shot

Since: Aug 2, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:21 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

You're certainly a moron who hardly watches baseball, eh? Did you throw CC out there just because you couldn't think of any other pitchers?

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:17 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Please just don't post anymore. How can he be 2-6 vs those teams and only have 5 losses on the season. You are dumb

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:43 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

I'm stunned! Ha! Gratz JV, you da man! 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:34 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Congrats to JV.  An absolute no-brainer for this award.  Anyone who thinks they can argue against this should just quit before they start.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:24 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Do you even know anything about baseball? The comments you made make you look like a big idiot.
There is no way that CC should have won the CY Award because no one had a better year than Verlander
on the mound. CC didn't even finish in the top three of voting

Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:06 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Did you seriously just write that? Did you read the article and the statistics for Verlander for the year? Perhaps you should take the time that you wasted typing and read it again. Or, for the benefit of the rest of us, supply us with the numbers that make the case for CC over Verlander. If you can give us those statistics, perhaps they will be read by the baseball writers, including the two in New York, that ALL voted for Verlander, and then they will strip him of the award.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:59 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Grats to a great pitcher!!! He was always ready when called upon

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:51 pm

Verlander wins AL Cy Young Award unanimously

Talk about a no doubter this year for Cy Young.  I'm still trying to figure out though how AGON won the silver slugger over Cabrera for 1st base?!?!  LOL

LOL   Seriously though, poor Miggy.  All the guy does is play unbelievable consistent baseball but year after year gets very little credit and has some bad luck along the way.   In 2010 Hamilton over achieves with numbers he's never put up and never will again to steal the MVP from Miggy, and this year Miggy leads the league in hitting and he was top 2 or 3 in hitting with RISP, once again all of this with power but he can't win a silver slugger award?

Here's another big LOL for the people that vote..... 

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2011 2:46 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. 

Using your criteria CC sucks too... he only won 6 games against teams with winning records.  But here's the problem with your retarded theory, there were only 6 teams in the A.L with winning records this year, and 2 of them were Detroit and New York which means CC and Verlander could only face 5 teams with winning records.  Yeah, they got a couple starts against the N.L but not many teams with winning records there either.....  

But you're a bitter KC fan, so that might explain why you're so upset.  You tried to qualify your statement by saying you're not a Yankee or Tiger fan, but the reality is you hate the Tigers.   You have Verlander even more because your team scored something like 4 runs off him in 20 innings.... pretty bad.

Either way, the day a 24 win pitcher with stats like Verlander doesn't win the Cy Young, they should do away with the award...... 

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