Who is the greatest Tiger’s pitcher ever: McLain or Verlander?
McLain and Verlander: Which Tiger Burned Brighter?
1968 is a year Detroit Tiger fans know well, but it also had a sweeping significance for MLB in general. In what came to be known as the Year of the Pitcher, both ERA (a sparkling 1.12, achieved by Bob Gibson of St. Louis) and league champion batting average (.301, by Boston’s Carl Yastrzemski) saw all-time lows. Hurlers were so dominant that rules were changed to level the playing field (literally, in the case of the lowered pitching mound).
2011 saw another Year of the (Tiger) Pitcher, when Justin Verlander received both the Cy Young and MVP awards for the American League, just as his Detroit counterpart Denny McLain did back in that hallowed year. Just how closely did their seasons stack up?
Wins: In that year of gaudy statistics, McLain possessed the crown jewel: 31 wins, a threshold that hadn’t been seen in 34 years. Verlander didn’t quite reach those heights, b...