Rick Porcello Wins AL Cy Young Award

Rick Porcello, whose 22 wins led the American League, became the first Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2000 to win the Cy Young Award.

Pitcher, Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th Points
Rick Porcello, Red Sox 8 18 2 1 1 137
Jason Verlander, Tigers 14 2 5 4 3 132
Corey Kluber, Indians 3 6 12 8 1 98
Zach Britton, Orioles 5 3 2 5 9 72
Chris Sale, White Sox 1 4 9 6 40
J.A. Happ, Blue Jays 3 2 1 14
Aaron Sanchez, Blue Jays 1 3 6
Masahiro Tanaka, Yankees 1 4 6
Andrew Miller, Yankees/Indians 1 3
Michael Fulmer, Tigers 1 1
Jose Quintana, White Sox 1 1

Porcello had the AL’s best strikeout-to-walk ratio at 5.91 and his WHIP was 1.01, just behind former Tigers teammate Justin Verlander, who finished second. The Indians’ Corey Kluber finished third.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of emotions that were built up inside me and came out,” Porcello said when asked about his reaction. “It was very emotional . . . hard to not start bawling on the spot.”

Porcello, 27, ranked fourth in opponents’ OPS at .635. His 137-132 margin is the second closest of any election since ballots permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970.

Verlander, the 2011 winner, also finished second in 2012 to the Rays’ David Price, 153-149. Porcello and Kluber were the only pitchers named on every ballot.

“Justin, I learned a lot from him, and obviously I wish him well,” Porcello said. “I also texted (NL Cy Young winner) Max (Scherzer) right after I saw that he won it. It was a very nice night. Something I won’t forget.”

Porcello got eight first-place votes, while Verlander got 14. But Porcello was listed by all 30 voters, while Verlander was left off two ballots—Fred Goodall of The Associated Press and Bill Chastain of MLB.com.

Porcello was asked about the vote and Verlander.

“He loves the game the way I love the game . . . we both share a strong passion for it. He had a hell of a year.”

Porcello is just the fourth Red Sox pitcher to win a Cy Young. Roger Clemens won it in 1986-87 and ’91; Pedro Martinez in 1999 and 2000 and Jim Lonborg in 1967.

“It’s pretty incredible to be mentioned with those three other Red Sox players, and then Pedro and Roger. It doesn’t feel real right now,” he said. “Just because I grew up watching those guys. They were my idols growing up, and I had the utmost admiration for what they’ve done in the game. To be in that category is, I can’t express my gratitude. It’s pretty humbling. I never thought I’d be in that position to mention my name with those guys.”

Name Affiliation 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
Roch Kubatko MASNsports.com Britton Porcello Kluber Verlander Sale
Rich Dubroff CSNmidatlantic.com Britton Porcello Verlander Kluber Sale
Christopher Smith Springfield Republican Porcello Verlander Kluber Britton Happ
Ian Browne MLB.com Verlander Porcello Sale Kluber Britton
Dan Hayes Comcast SportsNet Chicago Verlander Porcello Sale Kluber Britton
Scot Gregor Daily Herald Kluber Porcello Happ Britton Verlander
Zack Meisel Cleveland.com Verlander Porcello Kluber Sale Tanaka
Jordan Bastian MLB.com Verlander Sale Porcello Kluber Quintana
Chris McCosky The Detroit News Verlander Porcello Kluber Sale Britton
Anthony Fenech Detroit Free Press Verlander Porcello Sale Kluber Britton
Jake Kaplan Houston Chronicle Verlander Kluber Porcello Sale Tanaka
MoiseKapenda Bower The Sports Xchange Verlander Porcello Kluber Sale Britton
Sam Mellinger Kansas City Star Verlander Porcello Kluber Sale Britton
Jeffrey Flanagan MLB.com Kluber Porcello Verlander Sale Fulmer
Tim Brown Yahoo Sports Porcello Kluber Sale Verlander Britton
Mark Whicker Los Angeles Daily News Britton Porcello Verlander Kluber Sanchez
Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press Verlander Britton Miller Kluber Porcello
La Velle Neal III Minneapolis Star Tribune Kluber Porcello Verlander Happ Sale
Pete Caldera Bergen Record Porcello Kluber Happ Britton Verlander
Wallace Matthews ESPN.com Porcello Britton Kluber Verlander Sale
John Shea San Francisco Chronicle Verlander Porcello Kluber Britton Tanaka
Joe Stiglich CSN Bay Area Britton Porcello Verlander Kluber Sale
Ryan Divish Seattle Times Porcello Verlander Kluber Sale Britton
John McGrath Tacoma News Tribune Britton Porcello Kluber Happ Verlander
Fred Goodall Associated Press Porcello Kluber Happ Britton Sanchez
Bill Chastain MLB.com Porcello Britton Kluber Sale Tanaka
Gerry Fraley Dallas Morning News Porcello Kluber Britton Verlander Sanchez
Jeff Wilson Fort Worth Star-Telegram Verlander Porcello Kluber Sale Britton
Shi Davidi Sportsnet Verlander Kluber Britton Porcello Sale
Brendan Kennedy Toronto Star Verlander Porcello Sanchez Tanaka Kluber

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