A lot of controversy has shown up in the last 24 hours after news broke that two Cy Young voters had left Justin Verlander off of their ballots entirely. This revelation gave reasoning on how Verlander, with 14 first place votes, could lose to former Detroit Tiger Rick Porcello. One of the two voters recently spoke out to New York Daily News regarding his decision.
Bill Chastain writes for MLB.com and covers the Tampa Bay Rays for the site. He had this to say about snubbing Verlander in his ballot:
“I feel bad that people are upset about this; I did the best I could,” Chastain told the Daily News. “I went around the clubhouse, I asked guys. I agonized over this. The biggest thing for me was between (Baltimore closer Zach) Britton and Porcello.”
The NY Daily News also pointed out some interesting observations regarding the two omissions.
Verlander faced the Rays only once this season, allowing two runs (one earned) over seven innings in a 3-2 Tigers win at Tropicana Field on July 2, so his omission by the two Tampa Bay writers couldn’t have been the result of them witnessing a poor performance.
Had Verlander been listed on both ballots, it would not have guaranteed a win as he needed six points to pass Porcello. A pair of fourth- or fifth-place votes would have left him as the runner-up.