It was another close call.
And once again, Justin Verlander was on the wrong side of the vote.
For the second straight time as an American League Cy Young Award finalist, the Tigers’ ace missed out on a second Cy Young Award.
Verlander finished second, bested by Boston’s Rick Porcello, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
He received 14-of-30 first-place votes, two second-place votes and five third-place votes, falling five points shy of Porcello. The former Tiger earned eight first-place votes.
Verlander, 33, posted a 3.04 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in 34 starts this past season, leading the AL in a number of statistical categories, including strikeouts (254), WHIP, and Wins Above Replacement (6.6). He finished second in ERA to Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez and second in innings pitched to Boston’s David Price.
It was Verlander’s fourth time as an AL Cy Young finalist. He won the award in 2011, finished second in 2012 and third in 2009.
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In his two Cy Young Award losses, Verlander fell a combined nine points short.
In 2012, he fell one first-place vote short of Price in the closest vote in history.
With this year’s loss, Verlander continues searching for a second Cy Young Award, which would put him in elite pitching company and certainly bolster his future Hall of Fame resume.
Max Scherzer, another former Tiger, was voted the National League Cy Young winner.
Here is the full AL Cy Young award voting breakdown from the BBWAA:
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