Not a single vote threatened Justin Verlander's chances of winning the AL Cy Young award. The Detroit Tigers' ace delievered yet another shutout by accumulating 28 first-place votes, while the Angels' Jared Weaver, the Rays' James Shields, and the Yankees' C.C. Sabathia all received zero. Verlander, who still has the opportunity to win the AL MVP, pitched his way to a dominating 24-5 record over 34 starts this year.
Verlander led the MLB with his 251.0 innings pitched, 0.92 WHIP (the only AL pitcher with a sub-1.00 WHIP), 24 wins, and 250 strikeouts. The 28-year-old righty won nine straight games early in the year, and finished stronger by winning his final 12 starts.
"To hear my name called for the American League Cy Young, it's such an honor," Verlander, who pitched 14 games of at least 8.0 innings," told ESPN. "I'm truly blessed."
The AL MVP will be up for grabs next Monday as he battles Curtis Granderson, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista, and Miguel Cabrera for top honors. [via ESPN]