Are We Watching Justin Verlander Become Another Sandy Koufax?

Faygo KidContributor IJuly 31, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 26: Starting pitcher Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 26, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Verlander's no kid, but has he discovered the Koufax magic?  He's throwing 100-plus in the eighth and ninth innings.  That's insane.  Plus, he has a curve that falls off the table.  I doubt anyone would take another pitcher over him right now in fantasy baseball—or in real baseball, for that matter.

The greats come along only once or twice in a generation.  That's what baseball is all about.  It's Joe DiMaggio/Bob Feller/Ted Williams/Stan Musial/Hank Greenberg interrupted by war.  Greatness without question.  It's Willie Mays/Mickey Mantle/Hank Aaron/Warren Spahn/Al Kaline in another generation.

Will Verlander define this generation?  Hard to say.  After all, he gave up a hit today.