….since he commited 5 freaking errors this year.
But, he did win the A.L. Cy Young Award today which is awesome, albeit expected. In fact, the only question left is the controversy (if you want to call it that) of whether or not he is worthy of the MVP Award as well, an achievement a starting pitcher has not seen since Roger Clemens in 1986 (Dennis Eckersley won it as a reliever in 1992 – can you imagine the outrage if a relief pitcher won in this day and age?).
As for the decision of Cy Young, the decision was unanimous, which is fantastic. I honestly thought some moron would give a first place vote to Jered Weaver or CC Sabathia, but given the fact that Verlander pitched for the Tigers who made it to Game 6 of the ALCS (Obviously I say it like that, Verlander pitched horribly), any question of his importance was cast aside. It was the ninth time there was a unanimous winner and first since Johan Santana in 2006.
Verlander won the pitching Triple Crown, which is not as rare as the hitting Triple Crown (for example, Clayton Kershaw who could win the NL Cy Young tomorrow won it for the NL this year). He went 24-5 with 250 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA.
Jered Weaver was the only other pitcher listed on every ballot and came in second. James Shields of was third, followed by CC Sabathia.
Then, the biggest shocker, our very own Jose Valverde, who was “perfect” in 49 save chances (and most assuredly un-perfect in non save chances) was fifth. I’m not going anywhere with that. That’s just. Wow.
But, back to Verlander, who is the third Detroit pitcher to win it. Denny McLain took it home in 1968, and reliever Willie Hernandez won it in 1984. Oddly enough, they both went on to win the AL MVP awards, too. So, the BBWAA wasn’t as diverse back then, I guess.
Oh, yeah and he also became the first former AL Rookie of the Year to also win the Cy Young. So, no one can say the ROY is a jinx anymore.