Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price finished second in the AL Cy Young Award voting, with Seattle's Felix Hernandez winning.
Hernandez received 21 of the 28 first-place votes and finished with 167 points; Price had four first-place votes, 15 seconds and 7 third, and finished with 111 points. New York's CC Sabathia, who got the other three first-place votes, was third with 102 points.
Hernandez was considered the favorite, his overall body of work, headlined by a major-league leading 2.27 ERA, off-setting his pedestrian 13-12 record for a last-place 61-101 Mariners team.
Price, who was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA, and Sabathia, 21-7 and 3.18, were expected to split support among voters - two members of the Baseball Writers Association of America in each league city - who favor wins and give credit for pitching in a pennant race.
Price had no issue with finishing second in the voting: "I feel like they got it right,'' he said on a conference call. "I feel Felix deserved it.''
Price said he considers ERA the most important stat, and had no issue with Hernandez, who led the majors with a 2.27 mark, winning the award despite a 13-12 record.
"Obviously I wanted to win, and if I didn't win I wanted to come in second so I feel good about it,'' he said. "I'm not mad by any means or let down - I just got beat.''
Here is how NL Cy Young Award winner Roy Halladay viewed it: "Obviously Felix's numbers are very, very impressive. But I think, ultimately, you look at how guys are able to win games. Sometimes the run support isn't there, but you sometimes just find ways to win games. I think the guys that are winning and helping their teams deserve a strong look, regardless of how good Felix's numbers are. It definitely could go either way; it's going to be interesting. But I think when teams bring guys over, they want them to, ultimately at the end of the day, help them win games."
Times writer Joe Smith voted Hernandez first, Price second and Sabathia third.