Now, don't get me wrong. Porcello had an excellent year. 22-4 with a 3.15 ERA is nothing to sneeze at, and if you make a 13-win jump from one year to the next, you're doing something right. Porcello wouldn't have been my first choice if I had a vote for the award, but I wasn't outraged when he won.
Verlander finished with a 16-9 record and a 3.04 ERA. Like Porcello, he bounced back after a turbulent 2015 season in which he went 5-8 with a 3.38 ERA in limited action due to injury. He flew under the radar a little bit this season, partly due to the Tigers missing out on the playoffs and sharing a division with the MLB's darlings of this past season, the Cleveland Indians. Porcello garnered a lot of media attention by emerging as the best pitcher on a star-studded Red Sox team, outshining David Price, who signed a $217 million deal last offseason, and knuckleballer Steven Wright, who was unhittable at times this season.
In the end, there's not really a much fairer way to determine a Cy Young winner. It's the best way to ensure a thorough voting process that accounts for every vote. In this case, the system was proven to have some holes in it, but if Verlander had won because he won the most first place votes, we would be hearing the same complaining from Porcello's side. It sucks, but that's the way it is.
The real reason I was excited to post this one: