Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young, Iwakuma Third

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Sep 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Yu Darvish (11) throws a pitch in the fourth inning of the game against the Los Angeles Angels at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

It all (kinda) makes sense

Look, maybe I’m being a homer. Maybe I am just wishing that Seattle would get just a little more respect than they are getting. Regardless, you could have a strong argument for any of the top three to have won the award.

Let’s look at the official voting results.

Player, Club
Max Scherzer, Tigers 28 1 1 203
Yu Darvish, Rangers 19 3 1 6 93
Hisashi Iwakuma, Mariners 6 12 6 1 73
Anibal Sanchez, Tigers 1 1 3 9 8 46
Chris Sale, White Sox 1 5 8 6 44
Bartolo Colon, Athletics 2 3 1 6 25
Koji Uehara, Red Sox 1 2 10
Felix Hernandez, Mariners 1 1 1 6
Matt Moore, Rays 2 4
Greg Holland, Royals 1 2 4
James Shields, Royals 1 2

Okay, add up the votes. There were five writers who left Iwakuma off their ballot entirely. How do you do that? That shows the flaws in the system. A writer must not be paying attention at all to not even warrant a 5th-place vote (of which one writer did).

Though in all fairness, someone left Darvish off their ballot, but just one.

Now, let’s take a look at the full ballots filled out by the writers.

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