Justin Verlander has made his last start of the 2011 regular season, and I believe that he should be the one to win the AL MVP award.
Verlander is a lock for the AL Cy Young award in 2011, too.
He has the "triple crown" for pitching in the American League, leading with a 24-5 record, a 2.40 ERA and 250 strikeouts. No other pitcher can touch him this season, and the real question will be whether or not a batter will be able to get to him.
Without Verlander, the Detroit Tigers may not have made the playoffs. Maybe they would have, but there is a very strong chance that they might not have, and if that doesn't scream Most Valuable Player, then I don't know what does.
But there is still the issue that no pitcher has won the MVP in either league since 1992 when Dennis Eckersley did it after getting 51 saves with the Oakland Athletics.
Whether the voters think that pitchers should stick to their own award or that starting pitchers are not as valuable because they pitch only once every five days, voters clearly do not vote for pitchers.
They clearly should, especially when looking into Verlander's case. Despite the fact that he should win the American League MVP, I just don't see it happening due to the award's history.
Which leads us to our winner...