Por­cello wins AL Cy Young

Scherzer easily beat out Cubs duo in NL

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - SPORTS - By Ben Walker

NEW YORK >> Max Scherzer cel­e­brated aboard a boat off the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands, doused by col­lege pals on a float­ing party.

Rick Por­cello en­joyed the mo­ment at his par­ents’ home in New Jer­sey, sur­rounded by fam­ily, friends and a few bot­tles of wine.

As for Justin Ver­lan­der, well, fum­ing su­per­model Kate Up­ton brought the heat for her fi­ance.

Ro­ta­tion mates for five sea­sons in Detroit, the three right-han­ders topped the Cy Young Award talk Wed­nes­day: Scherzer easily won the NL prize, Por­cello edged out Ver­lan­der for the AL honor.

“That’s just the weird thing about these,” said Scherzer, who ruled the ma­jors with 284 strike­outs and topped the NL with 20 wins for Wash­ing­ton. “It’s the vot­ing.”

Por­cello led base­ball with 22 wins for Bos­ton, and had a 3.15 ERA.

Por­cello won de­spite get­ting just eight of the 30 first-place votes from mem­bers of the Base­ball Writ­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica — this was the first time the AL Cy win­ner didn’t get the most firsts.

Ver­lan­der went 16-9 with a 2.40 ERA while lead­ing the AL in strike­outs and other cat­e­gories. He got 14 first-place votes, but didn’t draw as much sup­port across the board — he was left off two bal­lots, too.

Over­all, Por­cello won 137-132 in the sec­ond-clos­est vote since 1970 (Ver­lan­der lost by four points to David Price in 2012).

Vot­ers list their five picks in or­der. A first-place vote is worth seven points, four for sec­ond, three for third, two for fourth and one for fifth. Ver­lan­der needed to pick up five more points to match Por­cello.

Up­ton fired off three tweets, one of them rather saucy, telling Por­cello “you didn’t win.”

Asked whether he was bothered by the brouhaha, Por­cello sim­ply said, “No, I hon­estly don’t care.”

“I’m not the one who made the de­ci­sion,” he said on a con­fer­ence call.

Por­cello got a $100,000 bonus for win­ning the Cy. Ver­lan­der, who won the 2011 award, would’ve got­ten $500,000 for this win.

Por­cello bounced back from go­ing 9-15 in his first sea­son with the Red Sox,

fin­ish­ing 22-4 for the AL East champs.

He shared this last win of 2016 with those who “never wa­vered” in their sup­port, ad­mit­ting, “It was hard not to start balling and cry­ing.”

Cleve­land’s Corey Klu­ber was third and got three first-place votes. Bal­ti­more re­liever Zach Brit­ton, who went 47 for 47 on save chances with a 0.54 ERA, had five first-place votes and was fourth.

Scherzer breezed, draw­ing 25 first-place votes to beat out Chicago Cubs team­mates Jon Lester and Kyle Hen­dricks.

Scherzer be­came the sixth pitcher to earn the Cy Young in both leagues. After earn­ing the AL honor in

2013 with the Tigers, Scherzer joined Roger Cle­mens, Randy John­son, Pe­dro Martinez, Gay­lord Perry and Roy Hal­la­day as win­ners in both leagues.

This award, Scherzer said, meant even more than the first one.

“It just ver­i­fies ev­ery­thing I try to achieve,” he said.

Scherzer posted a record­ty­ing 20-strike­out per­for­mance for the NL East cham­pion Na­tion­als, a year after he threw two no-hit­ters in his first sea­son with Wash­ing­ton.

“I want to find a way to be bet­ter,” he said.

Scherzer is the first pitcher from a Wash­ing­ton fran­chise to win a Cy Young. The award was first pre­sented in 1956.

Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw got three first-place votes and fin­ished fifth. Jose Fer­nan­dez, the Mi­ami star killed in a boat­ing ac­ci­dent in Septem­ber, was sev­enth.

The fi­nal ma­jor post­sea­son awards will be pre­sented Thurs­day when the MVP hon­ors are an­nounced.

Cubs slug­ger Kris Bryant, Wash­ing­ton’s Daniel Mur­phy and newly pre­sented Rookie of the Year Corey Sea­ger of the Dodgers are up for the NL award. Mike Trout of the An­gels, Mookie Betts of the Red Sox and Jose Al­tuve of the Astros are the AL con­tes­tants.

PABLO MARTINEZ MONSAIVAIS — THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als start­ing pitcher Max Scherzer beat out Kyle Hen­dricks and Jon Lester of the Chicago Cubs to be named the Na­tional League Cy Young Award win­ner Wed­nes­day.

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