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Justin Verlander SBN's pick for top AL pitcher

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Justin Verlander won over almost all SB Nation voters. However, he did not win the AL Cy Young vote in unanimous fashion. Verlander picked up 22 of 24 first-place votes

By the way, the ballots are secret (until released by their bloggers). But I do want to point out to you that the Sabathia votes did not come from the Yankees blog. So no claims of homerism can be made! More likely it was voters who decided Fangraphs' WAR (7.1 for Sabathia, 7.0 for Verlander) was their stat of choice. (For the record, Baseball-Reference's WAR gave a big nod in favor of Verlander, 8.6 vs 6.9)

Most stats vindicate a vote for Verlander. He did, after all, win the pitching triple crown: wins, earned run average, strikeouts. He had a higher K/9 and lower BB/9 than Sabathia as well. However, he trailed in xFIP (3.02 for Sabathia, 3.12 for JV). I guess an argument could be made that Verlander didn't have to face the same quality as schedule as Sabathia (8 games against teams that scored more than 800 runs for Sabathia, 5 for Verlander.)

As you might expect, Jered Weaver finished third. James Shields of Tampa was fourth and CJ Wilson was fifth. You'll find a certain voter, ahem! , had them exactly in that order.

Kurt's vote: Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, Jered Weaver, James Shields, CJ Wilson

Alli's vote: JV, Weaver, Sabathia, Dan Haren, Josh Beckett.

AL Cy Young voting

Num Name 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Total
1 Justin Verlander 22 2 0 0 0 162
2 CC Sabathia 2 17 4 1 0 96
3 Jered Weaver 0 5 10 4 0 58
4 James Shields 0 0 3 8 6 31
5 C.J. Wilson 0 0 4 4 5 25
6 Dan Haren 0 0 3 5 4 23
7 Josh Beckett 0 0 0 0 3 3
8 David Price 0 0 0 1 0 2
9 Jon Lester 0 0 0 1 0 2
10 Brandon McCarthy 0 0 0 0 2 2
11 Mariano Rivera 0 0 0 0 1 1
12 Doug Fister 0 0 0 0 1 1
13 Felix Hernandez 0 0 0 0 1 1
14 Gio Gonzalez 0 0 0 0 1 1

Awards Schedule:

Monday: Michael Pineda AL Rookie of the Year, Craig Kimbrel NL rookie of the year
Tuesday: Cy Young (AL) announced
Wednesday: Cy Young (NL) announced
Thursday: MVP (AL) announced
Friday: MVP (NL) announced