In a very un-surprising move, the BBWAA has awarded Detroit Tiger starter Justin Verlander the AL Cy Young Award.
This was an easy selection as Verlander won over 20 games; 24 to be exact. I’m not a proponent of using Wins as a way to judge a pitchers performance, but we’ve seen this be the reason other pitchers have won in the past (I’m looking at you Bartolo Colon…).
Oh yeah, Verlander also had other good stats — he led the AL in WAR, ERA, Win %, WHIP, H/9, Innings, Strikeouts, Starts, Adjusted ERA+, Adjusted Pitching Runs, and Adjusted Pitching Wins (thank you Baseball Reference).
Jered Weaver was second and James Shields was third.