The Detroit Tigers lost the 2011 American League Championship Series in 6 games. Had their ace, Justin Verlander, pitched more than once in the series, it's possible that Motown would be headed to either St Louis or Milwaukee for the World Series. But, there will be no chance at a ring for Verlander.
What Verlander does have a chance at is the American league Cy Young Award. Did I say "chance?" Silly me. The man is a shoe-in for the award. He's also a shoe-in for the BBA's Walter Johnson Award for Best Pitcher (AL). It is not even worth a discussion, so I will simply list the names on my ballot and leave it at that:
1st Place, Justin Verlander, Detroit Tigers
2nd Place, Jered Weaver, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
3rd Place, James Shields, Tampa Bay Rays
4th Place, Josh Beckett, Boston Red Sox
5th Place, Ricky Romero, Toronto Blue Jays
Congratulations Mr Verlander.
The last BBA award of the season is the Stan Musial Award for Best Player. I'll post my ballot by this afternoon.