The Detroit Tigers are going to contend for a World Series title once again this year. I’m sure that doesn’t surprise anyone that knows baseball. One main reason for that is the perennial Cy-Young candidate Justin Verlander. Each and every season Verlander finds himself at the top of the Major Leagues in pitching stats. This season will be no different.
Beginning with his rookie season he has been great. It’s not every season that a pitcher wins Rookie of the Year honors. Verlander pulled it off with his rookie campaign while going 17-9 with a 3.63 ERA. He finished seventh in Cy-Young voting that year as well. Since then it’s just been more of the same. The only down season was the 11-17 4.84 ERA spot he put up in 2008. Every season he is in the top ten in Cy-Young voting, every year an All-star.
There are plenty of great young pitchers. I wonder how many of the young guys will still be getting better when they are approaching their thirtieth birthday as Verlander is. His career record of 124-65 leads you to believe that he is headed for Cooperstown one year if things continue going the way they are. There is no reason to imagine Verlander’s success won’t continue for many years to come.