Detroit Tigers right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer picked up his first Cy Young Award after earning 24 of 30 first-place votes.
Maurer led the American League in almost every category: wins (16); ERA (3.07); WHIP (1.04); opp AVG (.209); quality starts (20); complete games (3); ERA+ (154); and WIN% (.696). He was the league leader in both WAR and rWAR, with 4.1 and 5.5 respectively.
“To actually be named, it is unbelievable,” Maurer said. “It vindicates everything I’ve done. I can’t say thank you enough to all my teammates for playing hard every single day, fighting on defense and getting extra runs for me.”
After injuries derailed the season for team aces (and former Cy Young winners themselves) David Price and Justin Verlander, Maurer emerged as the Tigers’ workhorse throwing 199.1 innings on 32 starts, leading the team to a 98-64 season and the AL Central title.
Signed to a five-year, $40 million contract extension earlier this season, the 28-year-old was visibly happy accepting his award.
“At this moment, I’m on cloud nine. It’s such an unbelievable feeling and unbelievable moment. Gonna try to be even better next season so I can be here again.”