Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

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What, you were expecting someone else?

Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here.

Verlander had a phenomenal season, of course. He won the pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). He also led the league in winning percentage (.828) starts (34), innings (251), WHIP (.920) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.2).

The real conversation about Justin Verlander and postseason awards ceased to be about the Cy Young Award sometime in the middle of the year.  The real question is whether he’ll win the MVP Award.  We’ll find that out on November 21.

Bryce Harper is pandering hard to Philly fans

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Bryce Harper hadn’t even addressed his new hometown fans before his Phillies jersey started selling like hotcakes. Since then, he’s said all the expected things. Talking about joining the Phillies, he said, “From day one, it felt right … I always talk about family and being a family, being one unit, and I get that from this team. Every guy has your back and vice versa. I’m very excited to go into battle with these guys.”

Harper is continuing to pander hard to Phillies fans. Behold his latest Instagram post:

Has anyone ever really longed to see the Liberty Bell?

Harper also famously recreated that Chase Utley scene from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with actor Rob McElhenney on Twitter:

In Harper’s next post, he will talk about alternating bottles of You-eng-ling beers with glasses of “wooder.” He’ll add that every so often he will treat himself to a steak sandwich with cheese on it, then go home to watch all of the movies in the Rocky series.