AL Cy Young
1. Justin Verlander (Tigers), 2. Jered Weaver (Angels), 3. James Shields (Rays).
This was the easiest award to pick this year, with Verlander, at the height of his powers, on his way to a pitching Triple Crown. What’s equally impressive for me is the fact he will also wind up leading the league in innings pitched, which means he is the rarest of pitchers who is both a workhorse and an ace. Weaver was the pick here at the all-star break (11-4, 1.86), but Verlander simply blew past him in the second half. Meanwhile, Shields vaults past Josh Beckett and CC Sabathia largely on the merits of those 11 complete games, the most by an AL pitcher in 13 years.
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