Former Tiger Pitchers Win BOTH Cy Young Awards
Tigers fans were left wondering what could have been when both the National and American Cy Young Awards, significant of the best pitching, went to former Tiger pitchers.
Current Tiger pitcher Justin Verlander came in second in the American League voting, but at least he has supermodel Kate Upton to console him.
The Awards continue in the MLB post season with the American and National League Cy Young awards being handed out yesterday and it seems like the award in the AL was just that—a hand out.
Because while the Washington Nationals Max Scherzer—who went 20–7 with a 2.96 ERA—easily beat out both Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks of the Cubs—the American League award was a little less clear cut.
But in the American League the award went to Rick Porcello of the Red Sox who one could argue certainly deserved the award after leading the majors in wins with 22 of them and just four losses.
But here’s the thing—he didn’t get the most first-place votes.
That would be Detroit’s Justin Verlander who received six more votes.
But when you combine Porcello’s six fewer first place votes all the second place votes he got, well… let’s just say it totaled one less Cy Young Award for Verlander.
Scherzer and Porcello are both former Detroit Tiger pitchers.
Scherzer was with the Tigers from 2010 until 2014, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2013 when he started the season 12-0. He pitched game four of the 2012 World Series for the Tigers, giving up three runs in six innings in a Tigers extra inning loss.
Porcello was on the Tigers staff from 2009 until 2014. He pitched the 2009 Central Division tiebreaker game against the Minnesota Twins, that was won by the Tigers, and tossed only an inning and a third in the 2012 post season run to the World Series.
Tigers fans were disappointed the team signed him following that disappointing 2012 season, frustrated that he wasn't becoming the strong third starter the team needed.
I guess he's having the last laugh now.
And speaking of Kate Upton, she came flying to her boyfriend's defense yesterday on Twitter following the announcement.
She called out Porcello and two Tampa Bay sportswriters who failed to vote for Verlander—despite the fact her soon to be hubby finished with a 16-9 record and 3.04 ERA, which was second-best in the A.L. Verlander led the league with 254 strikeouts.
Among her thoughts:
But that’s not all. In another she went a little below the belt, saying:
(I censored, she didn’t.) Wow—looks like Verlander isn’t the only one in the relationship who can throw some fire.