Just like Ivan Nova in the Rookie of the Year voting, Yankees ace CC Sabathia has finished fourth in the American League Cy Young race.
Justin Verlander was — of course — a runaway winner, getting all 28 first-place votes. Jered Weaver and James Shields finished second and third. Sabathia received five second-place votes, the same number as Shields, and finished just three points out of the top three. Jose Valverde was fifth by a surprising margin (to me, anyway).
Sabathia was a stronger Cy Young candidate in the first half. He was 13-4 with a 2.72 ERA at the break. After the break, he went 6-4 with a 3.44, that’s including a 4.68 ERA in August. Another strong season for the big man, but Verlander was clearly the best in baseball and an easy choice for the award.
The Cy Young ballot lets writers choose their top five candidates, and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera got four fifth-place votes. He finished eighth, one spot ahead of Josh Beckett. Yankees setup man Dave Robertson received one fifth-place vote.
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