Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander added to his already lengthy Hall of Fame résumé on Wednesday, when he was announced as this year’s American League Cy Young Award winner, edging teammate Gerrit Cole.
Verlander received 17 first-place votes compared to 13 for Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Tampa Bay Rays righty Charlie Morton finished third a year after leaving Houston in free agency.
Results are tabulated on a system that rewards seven points for first place, four points for second place, three points for third place, two votes for fourth place and one point for fifth place.
Verlander, 36, became the 20th pitcher to win multiple Cy Young Awards. He won in 2011 with Detroit after a season for which he also took home AL MVP honors. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times. The eight years between Cy Young wins is the longest span in the history of the award.
“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”
Verlander went 21-6 while leading the AL in wins and innings pitched (223). He finished second to Cole in ERA (2.58) and strikeouts…