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
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Points
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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