If Justin Verlander pitches again this season, it will be in Game 1 of the World Series.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland is adamant that if the AL championship series against Texas reaches a seventh game, he will not use Verlander in relief.
Leyland probably isn't trying to deceive the Rangers. In the AL division series, he said he wouldn't use Verlander in relief in Game 5 and didn't, despite the strong temptation.
Verlander is likely to win the AL Cy Young Award and is among the front-runners for MVP after leading the AL in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250).
Game 6 is Saturday night.