Tigers’ Pitcher Justin Verlander Wins AL Cy Young Award
Despite falling short of a World Series appearance this year, the Detroit Tigers had one hell of a season. The team won the Central Division and made it to the ALCS before being eliminated by the Texas Rangers. A huge part of that success is Justin Verlander, who has just won the American League Cy Young Award in a unanimous vote.
The Detroit News reports that the ballot results were revealed at 2pm today and Verlander captured all 28 first-place votes by the Baseball Writers Association of America. The 28-year old is the first Tiger to win the Cy Young Award since reliever Guillermo Hernandez in 1984, and only the third including Denny McLain in 1968.
The Cy Young recognizes the top pitcher in both the American and National Leagues. However, the award doesn't tell the whole story.
Verlander's stats this year are staggering. He led the league in wins (24), strikeouts (250) and ERA (2.40). Verlander also topped the league in innings (251), winning percentage (.828), lowest batting average against a starting pitcher (.192) and baserunners per nine innings (8.4).
Justin Verlander's playoff stats may not be as stellar, but the man is starting to enter his prime. Hopefully he stays a Tiger as the years go by.