Twins calling up Trevor May to replace injured Ricky Nolasco

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Minnesota did everything it could to avoid giving a rotation spot to prospect Trevor May, but now that Ervin Santana is suspended for half the season and Ricky Nolasco is hurt the Twins have little choice but to turn to the 25-year-old right-hander.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are expected to call up May from Triple-A and will likely place Nolasco on the disabled list with an elbow injury.

May’s big-league debut last season was mostly a mess, but after a brutal first few outings he posted a nice 41/9 K/BB ratio in his final 37 innings. He’s not a top prospect–I ranked him 11th within the Twins’ well-stocked farm system–but May pitched well at Triple-A last season and doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors at this point.

Justin Verlander named 2019 American League Cy Young Award winner

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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.