Sale finishes fifth in Cy Young race, receives first-place vote

Sale finishes fifth in Cy Young race, receives first-place vote
November 13, 2013, 5:45 pm
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CSN Staff

Chris Sale didn't win the Cy Young Award, but there's one voter out there who thought he should have.

The White Sox lefty picked up one first-place vote in the race for the award that honors the American League's top pitcher, one of just two that didn't go to award winner Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers.

Sale finished fifth in the voting. Texas' Yu Darvish and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma placed second and third, respectively.

 

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The left-hander turned in a remarkable campaign, one that might have been hard to notice by those just looking at numbers. He finished 2013 with an 11-14 record, a 3.07 ERA and 226 strikeouts. That sour record is almost entirely thanks to a lifeless White Sox offense rather than any fault of the pitcher.

"He had a sensational year," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told CSNChicago.com. "It’s unfortunate he wasn’t among the finalists for the Cy Young. It probably had a lot more to do with the run support and his win total than his individual performance. He was fantastic, and we certainly feel good about that continuing."