DETROIT -- It seems bizarre to even type the words, but is it possible that Justin Verlander isn't the best pitcher in Detroit right now?
Since July 1, Verlander is 4-2 in nine starts. In 67 innings, he's allowed 51 hits, struck out 71 and posted a 2.15 ERA. That's an ace on any team, and it's justifiably put him in contention for a second straight Cy Young Award.
But there's another pitcher in the same clubhouse that's putting up some eye-popping numbers of his own. In the same stretch, Max Scherzer has made 10 starts with a 7-1 record. In his 64 13 innings, he's given up 58 hits, struck out 80 batters and posted a 2.94 ERA.
Verlander probably has a slight edge, but after Scherzer shut down the Angels on Sunday, he now leads the Tigers in wins (14) and strikeouts (195). He and Verlander (192) are on pace to become the first teammates to lead the majors in strikeouts since Kerry Wood and Mark Prior of the 2003 Chicago Cubs.
"The strikeouts don't matter," Scherzer said. "There's ...