Zack Greinke of Royals wins AL Cy Young Award
Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA for the Kansas City
Greinke received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.
The National League winner will be announced on Thursday.
Greinke’s ERA was the lowest in the
It was quite a turnaround for the 26-year-old right-hander, who led the
He left spring training in February 2006 and went home to Florida with what later was diagnosed as a social anxiety disorder. He started working out in the minors about six weeks later and returned to the majors in late September.
Greinke was 7-7 the following year and 13-10 in 2008 before his breakout season.
His victory total matched that of Arizona’s
Kansas City, which tied for last place in the
He was particularly sharp at the start and finish, going 5-0 with a 0.50 ERA in April and 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last eight starts. He didn’t allow any runs in his first three starts and any earned runs in his first four, and his 0.84 ERA through 10 starts was the first below 1.00 in the major leagues since Juan Marichal’s 0.55 in 1966.
He struck out 15 over eight innings against Cleveland on Aug. 25, then followed five days later by pitching a one-hitter at Seattle. After
Greinke, who agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract last winter, receives a $100,000 bonus for winning.