DETROIT -- Justin Verlander deserves to win his second consecutive American League Cy Young Award.
He's unlikely to get it, though, when the results of voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America are announced Wednesday night. Tampa Bays David Price is the favorite, and Jered Weaver of the Angels also could finish ahead of Verlander among those three finalists.
Price already got the stamp of approval from his AL peers. They honored him last week with the 2012 Players Choice award for pitchers.
Among baseball pundits, one doesn't think Verlander even deserves to be a Cy Young finalist. Harold Reynolds of the MLB Network said he would have picked Tampa Bay closer and ex-Tiger Fernando Rodney over Verlander.
So the Tigers ace has his detractors, and Price would be a fine choice for the Cy Young. But lets look at the case for Verlander:
He was 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA and a league-leading 239 strikeouts. Verlander, at 7.5, also had the runaway best Wins Above Replacement rati...