Talk about a tough crowd.
15 wins, a 2.92 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 178 strikeouts, all while pitching in the most difficult division in professional sports is worth…..one vote?
One single,solitary, fourth place vote?
That Justin Verlander won the AL Cy Young award today was not a surprise.
That he won it unanimously was not a surprise.
The fact that Jered Weaver, James Shields, and CC Sabathia fnished 2/3/4 was not a surprise – I picked that exact top-4 on my BBA awards ballot.
But the fact that Ricky Romero received only one fourth place vote for two points? To me, that is a surprise.
Yes Jose Valverde converted all 49 of his save opportunities. But he pitched less than 1/3 of the number of innings Romero threw. Ditto to Mariano Rivera and David Robertson.
Yes CJ Wilson helped lead Texas to the playoffs. But his ERA and WHIP were worse than Ricky’s – and he got to pitch against Oakland and Seattle!!!!
I just don’t get it.
We can always look at the bright side.
One is better than nothing…
And stay tuned – I have a bad feeling I will be writing another one of these posts about Jose Bautista and the AL MVP award…