Boston’s Porcello Named AL Cy Young
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello struggled in his only postseason start of the year in his ALDS Game 1 loss to the AL champion Cleveland Indians, but it appears the Baseball Writers of America believe that the righty did enough during the regular season to warrant recognition during MLB's awards season.
The 27-year-old was named the American League Cy Young Award recipient Wednesday night, after narrowly edging out his former teammate Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.
Porcello beat Verlander by just five total points and actually received six less first-place votes than the Tigers' ace, becoming the first American League pitcher to win the award despite not racking up the most first place nods. It was second place votes where Porcello ultimately cleaned up, as he earned 12 more than the next closest vote getter.
So, while the majority of BBWA writers didn't believe he was the best pitcher in the AL this season, the first year Red Sox starter used the cumulative voting policy to his advantage.
In his first year in Beantown, Porcello somewhat shocked baseball by going 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA, 189 strikeouts and a 1.01 WHIP in 223 innings, during the regular season. He also posted a 10.38 postseason ERA, pitching just 4.1 innings and giving up five earned runs on three homers in the team's Game 1 loss to the Indians in the ALDS, which led to their eventual sweep and ousting from postseason play.
It's a good thing for Porcello the votes are all tallied prior to playoff baseball.