Kate Upton is standing by her man. (Jordan Strauss/Invision via AP)

Justin Verlander fell agonizingly short of winning a second American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, and his fiancee was not at all happy about it. That fiancee would be model Kate Upton, and she chose to share her pain in a memorably profane way on social media.


Upton is referring to the fact that two members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America, which votes on MLB’s official awards, did not have Verlander as one of the five players among 11 finalists on their ballots. The Tigers star wound up losing the award to Rick Porcello of the Red Sox by just five points, 137-132, even though Verlander had a major edge (14-8) in first-place votes.

Upton also retweeted a post from Verlander’s younger brother Ben, an outfielder in the Tigers’ minor league system, which showed the pitcher coming out favorably in a statistical comparison of the top contenders for the AL Cy Young. The NL award was won by the Nationals’ Max Scherzer.

Porcello won by the second-closest vote since the BBWAA changed its balloting procedures in 1970, which had to be doubly painful for Verlander, who also was on the short end of the closest vote. That occurred in 2012, when David Price of the Rays edged Verlander by just four points, 153-149. As it happens, the two BBWAA members who left Verlander off their ballots, Fred Goodall and Bill Chastain, are both based in Tampa.

Porcello became the first AL Cy Young winner who did not get the most first-place votes; it has happened twice in the NL (Tom Glavine, 1998; Tim Lincecum, 2009). Verlander, 33, did win the award in 2011, and he also finished third in 2009.

Meanwhile, the Mets’ Noah Syndergaard, who finished a distant eighth in the NL voting, had his own response to Upton’s tweets.

https://twitter.com/Noahsyndergaard/status/799044211970445312