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.
|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.