Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander, who now plays for the Houston Astros, had one hell of a 2018 campaign. Not only did he post a 2.52 ERA but he struck out a career-best 290 batters in 214 innings.
But as good as a season it was for Verlander, there was little question about who was going to win the American League Cy Young Award.
On Wednesday, Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays was named the A.L. Cy Young Award winner for the 2018 season and it was well-deserved. During the season, Snell went 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and 221 Ks in 180.2 innings of work.
Following the announcement, many looked to Twitter to see if Verlander's wife Kate Upton would come to her hubby's defense like she has before.
Well, Upton did have something to say, but this time, it was clearly all in fun this time around.
Let’s just say I won’t be going to Tampa any time soon #Tampastrikesagain #CyYoung … Justin wants everyone to know I’m “joking”
— Kate Upton (@KateUpton) November 15, 2018
Verlander also joked about Upton's tweet.
I walk away for TWO SECONDS and she puts quotes on “joking”. 😂😂 https://t.co/7w3hIykZtm
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 15, 2018
Prior to the announcement, Verlander seemed a bit more confident than we did about his chances.
Getting nervous about the #cyyoung announcement on @MLBNetwork with the other finalists @snellzilla4 and @CKluber pic.twitter.com/wlF12PfOnp
— Justin Verlander (@JustinVerlander) November 14, 2018
During his career, Verlander has one Cy Young Award to his name and has been the runner-up on three occasions.
We’re not in New England anymore; Can Bob Quinn and Matt Patricia find the yellow brick road?
Ever since becoming a Detroit Lions fan all the way back in 1985, I’ve always been an optimist heading into each and every season. Now, don’t get me wrong, though optimistic, I have also been realistic at the same time. There have been many seasons where my football knowledge told me the Lions roster or coaching staff was not good enough to compete, but I always had HOPE. Hope that the team I have supported for so long would finally break through.
That has been no different this season.
Heading into the 2018 campaign, I had hope that new head coach Matt Patricia would light a fire under the asses of the organization and lead the team to their first playoff victory since the 1991 season. Unfortunately, my brain told me that general manager Bob Quinn had not given Patricia a formidable roster to work with and nine games into the season, the Lions are sitting at 3-6.
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