You don’t see this very often. There is no surprise that Detroit Tigers fireballer Justin Verlander won the Cy Young award for the American League this season. Going 24-5 with 250 strikeouts and a 2.40 ERA will usually land you that award.
However, it’s well-known that position players usually get the MVP award because they are out there everyday, whereas a starting pitcher plays once every five days.
But, this year was different. Verlander had the most of any pitcher since Bob Welch in 1990. And he took down the AL pitching Triple Crown with wins, strikeouts and ERA. In other words, he’s good at baseball.
He’s the first pitcher to win the MVP award since Dennis Eckersley in 1992 and the first starting pitcher to do it since Roger Clemens in 1986. Wow.
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With 13 first-place votes, he came in ahead of Jacoby Ellsbury, Jose Bautista, Curtis Granderson and his own teammate, Miguel Cabrera.