Nationals' Scherzer, Boston's Porcello win Cy Young Awards

Following the news that Porcello had beaten out Verlander, Upton took to Twitter to defend her man.

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RHP Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals.

Porcello topped the league with a 5.91 strikeout-to-walk ratio and came in second in walks plus hits per innings pitched (WHIP) at 1.01.

Porcello received eight of the 30 first-place votes in balloting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America, finishing with 137 points. Two writers, Tampa-based Fred Goodall of The Associated Press and Bill Chastain of MLB.com, left Verlander off their ballots entirely. He scores reasonably well when using more worthwhile measures of a pitcher's worth, if not at the top of the class. It was Dombrowski who gave Porcello a $3.5 million signing bonus out of high school and brought him to the big leagues at age 20. Luckily, her follow-up tweets erased any doubt.

"For the writers to choose me for everything I was able to accomplish this year, I'm so grateful", Scherzer said on the MLB Network.

"I'm not the one who made the decision", he said on a conference call. His Detroit Tigers didn't end up making the postseason, which could have been one of the reasons that Boston's Porcello won the award over him.

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Upton isn't the only Verlander supporter who's #MadOnline tonight.

In Upton's defense, Verlander had his best season in years, and finished the season with a better ERA, WHIP, and more strikeouts than Porcello.

Yet Porcello was just another member of the band, never a front man, in a star-studded Detroit rotation that featured co-aces Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer.

In the balloting for the American League Cy Young Award, it was much the same. "I felt like I had the weapons and command to get out just about any guy in the lineup".

Perhaps most notably, Scherzer authored just the fourth 20-strikeout performance in baseball history this season, as he baffled the Tigers in a May victory.

I'll freely admit that Scherzer might be a better choice. Purely from a record standpoint, Porcello was the obvious choice for the Cy Young award.

Scherzer will be presented with his hardware during the BBWAA's annual black-tie awards dinner in January in NY. Verlander totaled 132 points and Kluber 98.


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