Detroit Tigers’ Max Scherzer Wins 2013 American League Cy Young Award
From The Detroit Free Press
This season, Tigers’ right-handed starter Max Scherzer was the best pitcher in the American League.
He led the league in wins. He finished second in strikeouts. He finished third in wins above replacement.
And on Wednesday night, he was named the 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
“Ahhhhh!!! What a feeling!! Can’t wait to get my hands on this trophy!!” Scherzer tweeted shortly after winning the award.
Scherzer won with 28 of 30 first-place votes and finished ahead of Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Fellow Tigers’ starter Anibal Sanchez finished fourth, and Chicago’s Chris Sale finished fifth.
In 2013, Scherzer enjoyed a breakout campaign of 21 wins with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts in 214 1/3 innings.
He didn’t suffer his first defeat until July 13 and lost only three games total, benefited greatly by the Tigers’ offensive run support.
“It meant a lot,” he told a MLB Network panel about the wins before the announcement, “Because when you look at the history of the game, the guys who are 20-game winners, they’re legends in the game. It just means so much to me. I can only thank my teammates because of it. They always put me in a position to win.”
In July, he was named the starting pitcher for the AL in the All-Star Game.
Scherzer becomes the fifth Cy Young Award winner in Tigers’ history.
Justin Verlander won in 2011. Closer Willie Hernandez won in 1984, Denny McLain shared the award in 1969 and won it outright in 1968.
Scherzer recorded five double-digit strikeout games, reaching a season-high 12 twice, and failed to pitch six innings only five times in 32 total starts. He ranked in the top five of the most important statistical categories in the league and pointed towards the addition of a curveball this year in his results.
“It was huge, that’s the reason why I had so much success this year,” Scherzer said. “Every single year I try to do something better than the next. Because that I think I took a big step forward in 2013 and obviously because of that, I was voted Cy Young Award winner.”
Sanchez garnered one first-place vote, one second-place vote and one third-place vote.