The votes have been tallied and the decisions are in as Tampa Bay Rays left-handed ace David Price has been selected the American League Cy Young award winner while New York Mets knuckleball throwing righty R.A. Dickey has won the honor in the National League.
Price just barely edged out last year’s winner Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander as Price received 14 of 28 first place votes by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America while Verlander received 13. Rounding out the top three in the AL was Los Angeles Angels hurler Jered Weaver even though Rays closer Fernando Rodney received the remaining first place vote.
Price finished the 2012 season with a 20-5 record (tied for most wins and winning percentage in AL with Weaver) with an AL leading 2.56 ERA and 205 strikeouts which was good for sixth in the junior circuit.
Dickey was the only thing that Mets fans had to cheer about all season as the knuckleballer becomes the first pitcher of his kind to win the prestigious Cy Young award in either division and just the third Mets pitcher to win in the NL (Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden). Dickey received 27 of the 32 first place votes while Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw finished second and Washington Nationals righty Gio Gonzalez came in third place.
The 38-year old Dickey finished the season with a 20-6 record (second most wins in NL, one behind Gonzalez) with a 2.73 ERA (second in NL to Kershaw) as well as an NL best in strikeouts (230), quality starts (27) and innings pitched (233 2/3).