I’m sorry, but no. It’s driving me crazy, there are too many people out there, throwing this around.
There is little more than a small case that can be made for Justin Verlander to win the MVP in my mind, and if it were up to me, a pitcher wouldn’t even be able to win the award.
Let’s be real, pitchers have their award, it’s called the Cy Young award (which Verlander undoubtedly should and will win in my opinion) and beyond that fact there is also the reality that as good as Verlander is, he pitches once every five days and if he is lucky, he pitches in 30-35 games for his team every year.
To put that in perspective, Verlander is 20-5 on the season right now, in 29 starts. Six of those 29 starts were average (4 or more runs), and his team is 21-8 when he pitches. Pretty impressive stuff, but let’s take a look at Josh Beckett of the Red Sox. Beckett is 11-5 on the season in 25 starts. four of his 25 starts were average, and his team is 18-7 when he pitches. Verlanders ERA is 2.38 and Beckett’s is 2.43.
From those numbers, its fair to say that Beckett and Verlander are on the same level this season. Yet Beckett will not receive consideration for MVP (and rightly so). Verlander’s 20 wins, as with any pitcher, is more a product of luck than anything and people seem to be arguing that his wins make him MVP eligible. It’s like people in the press are bored with everyday players winning the award so they want to ‘spice it up.’ Felix Hernandez had a better season last year than Verlander is having this year and he finished 16th in the MVP voting! Whats the difference? King Felix had a W/L of 13-12, which says nothing about how he pitched.
To tie a nice knot on the above, basically Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball this season, but no pitcher should win the MVP.