Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander is the best pitcher on the planet and is also one of the most clutch players still remaining in the 2012 MLB postseason.
Verlander, a 17-game winner during the regular, has been lights out in the playoffs. He started Game 1 of the ALDS against the Oakland A’s and was flawless. He allowed just one run on three hits over seven innings of work while striking out 11 in a 3-1 victory.
Unfortunately, Detroit couldn’t contain a 2-0 lead and Verlander was forced to start Game 5 of the series, and was even better. Verlander tossed a four-hit, complete game shutout while matching his 11 strikeouts from his previous start.
The Tigers are in good hands as long as Verlander is on the mound. In total, he threw 16 innings on one-run baseball while striking out 22 in the ALDS.
Verlander is the definition of a big-game pitcher, but there several other players in the AL and NL Championship Series who are clutch.