Starting pitcher Cliff Lee takes home the American League Cy Young Award after his 22-3 season for the Indians during the regular season. Cleveland is now home to back-to-back Cy Young winners (after ending a drought dating back to 1972), with Lee’s hardware pairing with CC Sabathia‘s in 2007.
The lefty Lee earned 24 of 28 first place votes for a total of 132 points overall. In his seventh season for the Tribe, Lee engineered an incredible comeback season after going 5-8 with a 6.29 ERA during a 2007 season which saw him demoted to the minors and left off of the playoff rosters. He bounced back to lead the league in wins (22), winning percentage (0.880), shutouts (two), ERA (2.54), walks per nine (1.4), and home runs per nine (0.5).
Toronto’s Roy Halladay was second with four first place votes and 71 points overall after his 20-11 season with a 2.78 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 246 innings.
Lee received the honor one year to the day that former teammate Sabathia, who was traded by the Indians midseason, won the award in 2007 with a 19-7 record, a 3.21 ERA, and 209 strikeouts.
Lee became the third Indians pitcher to win the top pitching award in the league, following Gaylord Perry and Sabathia.