BOSTON – (Staff Report from Official News Release) – Boston Red Sox right-handeder Rick Porcello was named the 2016 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
At 22-4 (.846), Porcello led the majors in wins and ranked second in winning percentage behind Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez (.882, 15-2). The 27-year-old became the 17th pitcher ever to win as many as 22 games in a season for the Red Sox, the first to do so since Martinez went 23-4 in 1999. Porcello began the season with a 20-3 record, becoming the first pitcher in franchise history to win at least 20 of his first 23 decisions.
Porcello’s honor is the seventh Cy Young Award in Red Sox history. Porcello is only the fourth Boston pitcher to earn the honor, joining Jim Lonborg (1967), Roger Clemens (1986, 1987, 1991), and Pedro Martinez (1999, 2000). He received eight of 30 first-place votes and totaled 137 points, finishing ahead of Detroit’s Justin Verlander (132 points) and Cleveland’s Corey Kluber (98 points).
After going 9-15 with a 4.92 ERA for the Red Sox in 2015, Porcello led the majors in 2016 with a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 5.91 and ranked among American League leaders in ERA (5th, 3.15), WHIP (2nd, 1.01), innings pitched (4th, 223.0), opponent batting average (6th, .230), strikeouts (8th, 189), complete games (T-3rd, 3), and walks per nine innings (2nd, 1.29). His 26 quality starts were the second-most in the American League, as well as the second-most by any Red Sox pitcher in the live ball era (since 1920), trailing only Roger Clemens’ 27 in 1990.
The Red Sox went 25-8 in Porcello’s career-high 33 starts, including 17-3 in his final 20 outings. He was 8-0 during a stretch of 13 starts from May 22-July 29, the longest win streak of his career. In 17 starts against American League East opponents, Porcello was 11-2 with a 3.28 ERA (43 ER/118.0 IP) and a 7.47 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Each of his final 10 outings against the division was a quality start (beginning June 28), as he went 7-1 with a 2.63 ERA (21 ER/72.0 IP) in those games.