SweetSpot predictions: AL Cy Young

Justin Verlander walked away with the AL MVP and Cy Young trophies after going 24-5, 2.40 ERA. Matthew Emmons/US Presswire

Today's staff prediction from the SweetSpot blog network: the AL Cy Young Award. Justin Verlander received 11 of 38 first-place votes as eight different pitchers received first-place nominations. Yes, there are a lot of ace-level starters right now. The last AL pitcher to win back-to-back Cy Young Awards was Pedro Martinez in 1999-2000.