NEW YORK, NOV. 13 -- Bob Welch had the victories, Roger Clemens had the ERA title and Dave Stewart had his four straight 20-game seasons. The voters decided Welch's accomplishment was best and today he won the American League Cy Young Award.
Welch was the AL's biggest winner in 22 seasons, going 27-6 for the pennant-winning Oakland Athletics.
In a vote in which no one was named on all 28 ballots, Welch drew 15 first-place votes and 107 points. Clemens, with an earned run average more than a full run better than Welch's, was next with eight first-place votes and 77 points.
Stewart, Welch's teammate who is still looking for his first Cy Young, was third with three firsts and 43 points. Record-setting 57-save White Sox reliever Bobby Thigpen got the other two firsts and 20 points.
Two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in each AL city voted, and balloting was completed before the playoffs.
Before this season, Welch had been one of baseball's most consistent pitchers for 12 years, but had never won more than 17 games. But bolstered by Oakland's outstanding defense, relief corps and spacious Coliseum, he set a club record for victories. He never lost two straight decisions.
"No doubt about it, with me it's all between the ears," said Welch, who has filed for free agency. "It's all mental."
Welch's win total is the AL's highest since Denny McLain's 31 in 1968 and the majors' most since Steve Carlton won 27 for Philadelphia in 1972. Welch did it with a 2.95 ERA while pitching just two complete games -- both shutouts -- in 35 starts.
Two-time Cy Young winner Clemens meanwhile went 21-6 and at 1.93 was the second Red Sox pitcher in 73 years with an ERA under 2.00. He missed almost all of the final month with tendinitis, but had seven complete games, four shutouts, in 31 starts.