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.