We already knew Jim Johnson hadn't finished in the top 3 for the American League Cy Young Award, but the Orioles closer ended up getting some love from the Baseball Writers' Association of America voters when the results were announced Wednesday night.
Of the 28 voters (two from each AL market), one had Johnson fourth and three put him fifth on their ballots for 5 total points, good for seventh place.
Rays lefty David Price (153 points, 14 first-place votes) edged Tigers right-hander Justin Verlander (149, 13) to win in the closest vote since Detroit's Denny McLain and the Orioles' Mike Cuellar shared the award in 1969. Voting was conducted by the end of the regular season and thus does not take the postseason into account.
Johnson led the majors with 51 saves, which also set a new franchise record. But it's clearly still an award dominated by starters.
Rays closer Fernando Rodney did, however, receive the only first-place vote that didn't go to Price or Verlander. Rodney, who finished fifth in the voting, had 48 saves and set a majors relief record with an 0.60 ERA.
Here's the link to the full BBWAA results, if you care to see who voted for whom.
Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey won the National League Cy Young Award, meaning the Orioles had virtually no success against either of the winners this season.
Combined, Price and Dickey made four starts against the Orioles, allowing just one run on 14 hits in 31.1 innings with 33 strikeouts.
The MVP results will be announced Thursday. Adam Jones isn't among the five finalists in the AL, but it's likely he received some votes.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times