Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 11/15/11
C.J. Wilson's breakout year for the Texas Rangers netted him a sixth-place finish in the American League Cy Young voting. Detroit's Justin Verlander won the award unanimously, taking all 28 of the first-place votes. Wilson, who is a free agent, received one fourth-place vote and five fifth-place votes. His finish was the best by a Texas pitcher since Aaron Sele finished fifth in 1999. Boston's Pedro Martinez won the award that year. Wilson, the Opening Day starter for the Rangers, made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and went 16-7 in the regular season with a 2.94 ERA. He also struck out 206, the most by a Texas pitcher since 1990. Wilson was just the eighth Texas pitcher to record at least 15 victories in consecutive seasons and his ERA of 1.97 after Aug. 1 was the fifth best in baseball. He closed the season by going 6-2 over his final 11 appearances. Los Angeles right-hander Jered Weaver finished second in the voting and Tampa Bay's James Shields was third. New York's CC Sabathia and Detroit's Jose Valverde rounded out the top five.
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