Chicago White Sox pitcher Dylan Cease finishes 2nd to Justin Verlander for the AL Cy Young Award: ‘It really is surreal’

Guaranteed Rate Field was abuzz on Aug. 16 with the starting pitchers as the center of the attention.

Dylan Cease took the mound for the Chicago White Sox, squaring off against Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander.

Many figured then that the two would finish near the top of the American League Cy Young Award voting. That turned out to be the case, with Verlander winning the award Wednesday and Cease placing second.

Verlander had 210 points and Cease 97 in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Alek Manoah of the Toronto Blue Jays was third with 87 points.

“It’s one of those things that really hasn’t sunk in yet,” Cease said after the announcement. “Growing up, it’s hard to imagine even being in that position. I really loved and watched baseball a lot, so to be sitting here now it really is surreal.”

Miami Marlins right-hander Sandy Alcantara won the NL award. Alcantara, 27, beat out the Atlanta Braves’ Max Fried and the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Julio Urías.

It marked just the second time that both Cy Young winners were unanimous. Bob Gibson and Denny McLain also won unanimously in 1968.

Cease, 26, had shown signs of success since being called up by the Sox in July 2019. He put it all together in 2022, going 14-8 with a 2.20 ERA and 227 strikeouts in 32 starts.

Verlander went 18-4 with a 1.75 ERA in 28 starts. It’s his third Cy Young Award, having won in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers and 2019 with the Astros.

Verlander led the AL in wins, ERA, WHIP (0.83) and opponents average (.186).

The Sox have three Cy Young Award winners: Early Wynn (1959), LaMarr Hoyt (1983) and Jack McDowell (1993). Cease’s finish is the highest by a White Sox pitcher since Esteban Loaiza also was …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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