11.21.2011

Tigers Verlander Wins AL MVP and Cy Young

Forget the Cy Young award, Detroit Tigers ace pitcher Justin Verlander won the American League Most Valuable Player award as well. I can't say Verlander didn't earn it.

Verlander was 24-5 this season with a 2.40 earned run average. He struck out 250 batters and had a WHIP of 0.92. Simply put, Verlander was remarkable in 2011.

Verlander is the first pitcher to be named MVP since Dennis Eckersley won the award in 1992. It's not often that a pitcher earns the award, but it was hard to image somebody else beating Verlander after the year he had. He was simply amazing this season and was as clutch a performer as there was in 2011. I can't think of a better award winner.

[Image: Crabcake Sports]

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