MLB continued award season on November 16, 2022, with the announcement of the AL and NL Cy Young award winners. Each season, the best pitcher in each league is given the award as voted by the BBWAA. The favorites heading into the vote were Astros ace Justin Verlander and Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara. Verlander had a standout season after spending much of the past two seasons on the IL, while Alcantara proved to be both dominant and durable in 2022. So, how did the voting shake out? Let’s look at the results.
In the American League, current free agent Justin Verlander won his third Cy Young award of his career. The 39-year old seemingly turned the clock back a decade, dominating AL hitters after spending much of the shortened 2020 season, and all of 2021 on the injured list.
Verlander went 18-4 for the Astros in 2022, striking out 185 batters over 175 IP. In addition to leading all of the American League in wins, Verlander also led all of baseball in ERA (1.75), ERA+ (220), and WHIP (0.83).
Verlander beat out runners-up White Sox ace Dylan Cease and Blue Jays pitcher Alek Manoah.
On the National League side, it was far from close. Marlins ace Sandy Alcantara dominated the NL in 2022, giving the 27-year old the edge over Max Fried and Julio Urias in the Cy Young voting.
It was a standout season for Alcantara, who unanimously won the 2022 NL Cy Young Award. Sandy Alcantara went 14-9 for the Marlins, striking out 207 batters over a league-leading 228.2 IP. The Marlins ace also through an astonishing six complete games in 2022, a figure hardly seen in the era of pitch counts and innings limits.
Alcantara is the first Marlin ever to win the National League Cy Young award.