|Justin Verlander pitches on Saturday.|
MVP voters must consider Verlander as a serious candidate. Clearly, the MVP is rarely awarded to pitchers (the last pitcher to win the award was Dennis Eckersley in 1992). However, Verlander has been just that good on the mound and just that important to the Tigers. With his 20th win today, Verlander is the first pitcher since Curt Schilling to win 20 games before September. Think about that... 20 wins is considered an amazing season and Verlander still has an entire month to win more games. He leads the AL in strikeouts (218), WHIP (0.90), and batting average against (.190). He is second in ERA (2.38), K/BB ratio (4.71), and second in K/9 (9.10). Need I say more? Without him on the roster, the Tigers don't make the playoffs. However, if the Red Sox don't have Adrian Gonzalez and the Yankees don't have Curtis Granderson, both teams still probably make the playoffs. Verlander has been the best player in the AL as well as the most valuable player to his team. He is going to win the Cy Young Award and with a good September, let's hope that he gets the MVP respect that he deserves.