In an unsurprising landslide of an outcome Detroit Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander runs away with FanSided’s 2011 American League Pitcher of the Year award. Verlander received two hundred thirty-one points to finish in first followed by Angels righty Jered Weaver with one hundred points. In case you didn’t see that, I’ll put it in actual numbers here: 231 to 100. Verlander was a better pitcher by one hundred thirty-one votes. That’s crazy.
The six-foot-five Tigers ace put up one great season, pitching well enough to earn the American League pitching Triple Crown with an ERA of 2.40, twenty four wins against five losses, and two hundred fifty strikeouts in two hundred fifty-one innings. If he hadn’t pitched that extra inning Verlander would have averaged a strikeout per inning in his 2011 campaign.
Not much else can be said about this pitcher’s spectacular season – one of the best in recent history. The official Cy Young award will not be announced until after the conclusion of the World Series but expect a similar result. Nobody was as good as Verlander was in 2011.