Hindsight is 20/20.
With about a week left in the regular season, Bill Chastain of MLB.com submitted his American League Cy Young ballot:
On Wednesday, Porcello claimed his first Cy Young award after narrowly edging out Justin Verlander despite the Detroit Tigers right-hander finishing with more first-place votes. Chastain was one of only two writers – both from Tampa Bay – who didn’t have Verlander on his ballot.
“At the time, I thought I picked the best five guys,” Chastain told Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. “Maybe I should have waited until the end. When I voted, it looked pretty clear to me.”
Verlander would win his next two starts after Chastain submitted his vote, allowing just one run over 14 2/3 innings while striking out 20.
Both Chastain and Fred Goodall of the Associated Press have received much criticism for not having Verlander on their ballots – with the brunt of the anger directed from Verlander’s fiance Kate Upton.
“I feel bad that people are upset about this; I did the best I could,” Chastain said. “I went around the clubhouse, I asked guys. I agonized over this. The biggest thing for me was between Britton and Porcello.”
He added: “There’s nothing I can do about it now.”