Justin Verlander, MVP?

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Yesterday Justin Verlander earned his major league leading 24th Win of the season. With his enormous number of Wins (24), Innings Pitched (244.0) and Strikeouts (244), and his miniscule ERA (2.29), Verlander should be the consensus AL Cy Young and could easily win the Triple Crown. However, are these the only accolades Justin Verlander’s fantastic 2011 campaign deserves? Is Verlander the AL MVP?

It is no question that the playoff bound Detroit Tigers’ Most Valuable Player is Justin Verlander. When Verlander starts, the Tigers are 25-8, a .757 Win-Loss Percentage. That is .224 percentage points higher than the Tigers 64-56 (.533) record in games started by other pitchers. What is even more amazing is Justin Verlander’s shut down performance against the top eight sluggers in the AL (Jose Bautista, Jacoby Ellsbury, Curtis Granderson, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Gonzalez, Alex Gordon, Ian Kinsler and Howie Kendrick). In 10 startsagainst these sluggers Verlander has only allowed 3 Hits! Check out how Verlander has befuddled the League’s best bats. (Granderson’s, Kinsler’s, Pedroia’s and one of Ellsbury’s hits were against Detroit relieves)

DET Pitching in Verlander's Starts: Hits (Blue), RBIs (Orange) & Total Bases (Green)

With the Red Sox’s rapidly losing their grip on the Wild Card (eliminating Pedroia, Ellsbury and Gonzalez), the irrelevance of Bautista’s Blue Jays and Curtis Granderson’s low batting average of .268, Justin Verlander is emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate. Does Verlander’s historic and dominant regular season make him the American League’s Most Valuable Player?

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2 Responses to “Justin Verlander, MVP?”

  1. clinton529 Says:

    Verlander wrapped up Cy Young so long ago it’s a joke, seriously.

    http://wp.me/p1Aphz-bS

    http://www.thebrawnofbraun.mlblogs.com

  2. Ryan Kantor Says:

    Absolutely agree with this paragraph “With the Red Sox’s rapidly losing their grip on the Wild Card (eliminating Pedroia, Ellsbury and Gonzalez), the irrelevance of Bautista’s Blue Jays and Curtis Granderson’s low batting average of .268, Justin Verlander is emerging as a legitimate MVP candidate. Does Verlander’s historic and dominant regular season make him the American League’s Most Valuable Player?”

    Wish I had worded it so concisely. In the comments of the link below I broke down how many outs he recorded and compared that to plate appearances of other players and you see that he actually plays more than the hitters, because when he does play he is so involved.

    http://ryankantor.com/2011/11/21/justin-verlander-wins-his-rightful-prize-in-al-mvp-award/

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