Brit­ton fourth in AL vote; win­ner is Red Sox’s Por­cello

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­sun.com twit­ter.com/JonMe­oli

Ori­oles closer Zach Brit­ton fin­ished fourth in the Amer­i­can League Cy Young Award vot­ing an­nounced Wed­nes­day, though he re­ceived five first-place votes out of 30 bal­lots cast.

Rick Por­cello of the Bos­ton Red Sox won by five points over Justin Ver­lan­der of the Detroit Tigers. Ver­lan­der was first on 14 bal­lots but was left off two, while Por­cello got eight first-place votes, 14 sec­ond-place votes and was on all the bal­lots.

Brit­ton had more first-place votes than the Cleve­land In­di­ans’ Corey Klu­ber (three), the third-place fin­isher, but was a top-three fin­isher on only10 bal­lots. Klu­ber was listed on ev­ery bal­lot and had 12 third-place votes.

Of the 30 vot­ers, 24 had Brit­ton in their top five.

Brit­ton’s 2016 sea­son was re­garded as his­toric on sev­eral lev­els. In ad­di­tion to con­vert­ing all 47 of his save at­tempts with a 0.54 ERA in 67 in­nings, he set a ma­jor league record with 43 straight score­less ap­pear­ances and had the low­est ERA of any pitcher with at least 50 in­nings pitched in ma­jor league history.

Brit­ton wasn’t one of the three top vote-get­ters an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist last week, caus­ing a mi­nor firestorm lo­cally. Two of Brit­ton’s five first-place votes came from lo­cal me­dia.

The award was de­cided by the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica and an­nounced on MLB Net­work. The studio crew on tele­vi­sion spent some time talk­ing about Brit­ton’s sea­son and his omis­sion from the top three.

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