Reading his stats for the 2011 season Tuesday made his season sound even more impressive than it already was-- Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers being named Cy Young Award winner. All 28 voters picked Verlander for first place and you'd have had to question anyone who picked anyone else. For the record Jared Weaver of the Anaheim Angels was second. Just think Verlander, at age 28, had a 24-5 record with 12 straight wins in that many starts, along with a 2.40 earned run average and 250 strike outs. It will be interesting to see if he is named the league's MVP when that winner is announced next Monday. And Verlander would be the first pitcher to win both honors since Roger Clemens in 1986. It was an incredible year since Verlander led the Tigerse to their first divisional title since 1987.
It's doubtful Verlander will post such numbers next year-- but whatever he posts can the Tigers have enough to repeat as divisional winners? That will be the interesting question along with the Tigers giving him more pitching support than he had this season. Pitching I believe will still be the big key for the Tigers and repeat success in 2012.