On Saturday, the slumping Rockies embarrassed themselves when they allowed the Brewers to score three runs on a wild pitch and en error on the same play. Things haven’t been going so well for the Rockies, as they entered Sunday’s series finale against the Brewers on a five-game losing streak and with a 7-18 record in their last 25 games dating back to May 25.
The embarrassment continued. The Rockies fell 6-5 to the Brewers for their sixth consecutive loss and second consecutive series sweep. They could have potentially won if outfielder Corey Dickerson didn’t run himself into an out in the ninth inning. Dickerson tripled to lead off the inning. Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez made a poor throw to Aramis Ramirez at third base and the ball skipped away towards the visitors’ dugout. Dickerson had a free stroll home, but he tripped halfway down the line and was easily tagged at home plate for the first out of the inning. The next batter, Wilin Rosario, homered to make it a 6-5 game. It might have been a game-tying homer if Dickerson hadn’t stumbled.
Astros starter Justin Verlander was voted by the Baseball Writers Association of America as the 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner. Teammate Gerrit Cole finished in a close second place at 159 points. Charlie Morton finished third at 75 points, Shane Bieber fourth at 64, Lance Lynn fifth at 18, Eduardo Rodríguez and Lucas Giolito sixth at eight, and Mike Minor eighth at seven.
Verlander, 36, won the AL Cy Young Award (and AL MVP Award) in 2011 with the Tigers). He and Cole became the first pair of teammates to finish first and second on the ballot for the AL Cy Young Award. Four NL teammates accomplished the feat: Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2001 and ’02, Don Newcomb and Sal Maglie in 1956, and Mike Marshall and Andy Messersmith in 1974.
During the regular season, Verlander led all starting pitchers in wins (21), games started (34), innings pitched (223), and WHIP (0.803). He also compiled a 2.58 ERA with a 300/42 K/BB ratio. Along with a 300-strikeout season, Verlander achieved other milestones, including reaching 3,000 strikeouts for his career and 200 career postseason strikeouts (an all-time record).
2019 was not without controversy for Verlander, a future Hall of Famer, as he had a well-publicized disagreement with Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press. He tried to have Fenech barred from the clubhouse during media availability despite the collective bargaining agreement ensuring access to BBWAA-credentialed reporters. It was one of many Astros-related scandals in 2019.
Verlander is the first Astro to win the Cy Young Award since Dallas Keuchel in 2015. Roger Clemens (2004) and Mike Scott (1986) also won the award back when the Astros were in the National League.