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Verlander y su segundo Cy Young

American League winner: Justin Verlander
Verlander finally obtains his elusive second Cy Young Award after winning the AL honor in 2011 with the Tigers and finishing second three times since -- in 2012 and 2016 with Detroit and in 2018 with Houston. The losses to David Price in ’12 and Rick Porcello in ‘16 were particularly, agonizingly close, as Verlander finished within five voting points both times and actually received six more first-place votes than Porcello.


Verlander wins 2nd AL Cy Young
At age 36, Verlander put together one of the best seasons of his Hall of Fame-caliber career. He led the Majors in wins (21), innings (223), batting average against (.172), WHIP (0.80) and was tied for first in starts (34). His WHIP was the second-lowest by a qualified pitcher in the past 100 years, bettered only by Pedro Martínez’s 0.74 mark in 2000. Verlander also threw his third career no-hitter on Sept. 1 in Toronto (making him just the sixth pitcher in history with at least three no-nos), and he reached 300 strikeouts for the first time in his career and hit the 3,000 career K’s mark in his final start of the season.
But with a 2.58 ERA, Verlander was bested in that department by his own teammate, Gerrit Cole (2.50), who threw 212 1/3 innings. It made for one of the more fun Cy Young races in memory, with the Astros’ dual aces both crafting compelling cases. This is just the fifth time two teammates have finished 1-2 in the Cy voting. Somebody had to win, and that somebody was Verlander, who now has another selling point in his Cooperstown casebook.
Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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