Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander Is a No-Brainer AL MVP Candidate

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Detroit Tigers: Justin Verlander Is a No-Brainer AL MVP Candidate
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Justin Verlander is running away with the American League Cy Young Award. Could he make off with the MVP too?

“I know hitters hate me. I hate them as well.”

That’s what Justin Verlander told ESPN The Magazine about his relationship with opposing hitters. His performance this season has spoken louder than his words ever could.

Only a pitcher that truly despises his opponents could systematically embarrass hitters the way Verlander has this season. He is calculating, vicious and unyielding, with an attitude as nasty as his stuff.

Traditionally, pitchers aren’t seriously considered among MVP candidates, but Verlander’s 2011 season cannot be ignored.

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