Last night, the Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander picked up his Major League leading 17th victory of the season. He defeated the Indians 4-3 in Cleveland. Verlander joined the likes of guys like Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden and Tom Seaver as winners of 17 games or more in 5 seasons before age 29.
Verlander, who won last night continues to put together what is probably the best season by a pitcher this year in baseball. Verlander leads all Major League pitchers currently in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts, opponent’s average and WHIP. He is 4th in ERA and 3rd in the American League in that mark. All of these numbers certainly have to put him as the front runner for the American League Cy Young Award, even though Jered Weaver is having an incredible season himself for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a Major League best 1.78 ERA.
Verlander has led the Tigers pitching staff all season and currently Detroit has a 3 game lead over the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central division. Verlander is scheduled to start next Tuesday at home against the Minnesota Twins where he will look to go for his 18th win.