This is the award he yearns for and that he does not keep secret, how satisfying she would be and how much he truly believed that she deserved it.
It took him eight years to win his second Cy Young American League prize. But this pitcher was the sweetest for Justin Verlander and was honored when most pitchers of his age retired or were washed away.
The 36-year-old Verlander was the oldest pitcher to win the Cy Young Award since 42-year-old Roger Clemens in 2004.
"It would mean a lot to me," Verlander told US TODAY Sports in September. "Not just because of my age, but because I did my best to get lost and hurt, and because people count me to get back to where I am now.
"It gives me a perspective. I enjoy it more. Not just the age, but also the fact that I did my best to get lost and hurt, and that people were calculating me out to get back to where I am now in all the hard work.
that allows me to appreciate the success a little bit. "
And yes, there's the revenge factor. He thinks he should have won the prize last year, instead of Blake Snell from Tampa Bay. He believed he was robbed three years ago when Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello won the Cy Young Award when he finished second, resulting in Kate Upton's famous Twitter commentary.
"A few of those years have hurt a lot, Verlander says.
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Verlander, 21-6, 2.48 ERA and Cole, 20-5, 2.50 ERA, became the first teammates to be the first in the Cy Young race after Hall of Famer Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and second places. Verlander and Cole joined Johnson and Schilling as the only teammates to score 300 eliminations in the same season.
Verlander received 17 out of 30 votes in first place, the other 13 went to Cole.
And her former Astros team-mate Charlie Morton finished in third, throwing his first season with the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Verlander, who since winning the Cy Young and AL MVP Awards 2011 saw three second places with the Detroit Tigers, led the AL in victories, the opponent's strike average (.172). , Innings (223) and WHIP (0.80). He was also the oldest pitcher since Johnson in 2004, who dropped a no-hitter, the third of his career on September 1, against the Toronto Blue Jays. Only Hall of Famer's Nolan Ryan (7) and Sandy Koufax (4) have more no-hitter.
Verlander, an old school pitcher, is an outlier in today's game. If you ask him what statistics he loves, there are still victories. It is still a deserved average. There are still innings.
"I think victories are important," says Verlander. "You ask every starting pitcher. They go out and throw seven innings, give up three runs and lose. You do not feel as good as yourself when you give up three runs in seven innings and win. As much as people want to shy away from victories and losses, that's how it means to us.
"I started to amass a good number of them. Be healthy, throw 200 innings, be there for your team, and cover the extra innings your bullpens do not have to. If you do, you will receive these additional winnings.
"So you get 13-15 instead of 10. So you get 17-20 instead of 13-15. These extra innings, that's important. & # 39; & # 39;
Verlander, who has scored at least 200 innings in all but one season since his rookie year, is also very proud of the number of innings he pitches every year. He has led the major leagues four times, including this season.
"You can not put a number on it, because people can not quantify how valuable it is," says Verlander. "Only save the Bullpen, the effects of these extra innings and what that means."
If you want to be more advanced, says Verlander, he loves WHIP. He had the third lowest WHIP of a starting pitcher since 1900, only Pedro Martinez in 2000 (0.74) and Walter Johnson (0.77) in 1913.
"I think WAR is a pretty moody number to Pitcher to start, but the whip, that's our job to restrict the base runners. "" Verlander says, "The average is good but if you run three or four batters per nine innings, Batters now hits and hits count a Walk for OPS, these Walks could also be hits.
This season was just another page in his resume at the Hall of Fame, and he was the only one of the 18th pitchers to reach 3,000 strikeouts.
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Verlander would like to overcome another barrier before he retires and proves that a pitcher can actually win 300 more games.
He has 225 victories and would have up to 40 bad luck to accomplish the feat, but it does stand on his bucket list.
"People can say what they want," says Verlander, "There's a lot of work behind the scenes, I work a lot more now than ever before, it's not just the gym that sweats my ass off, it is the upright conservation, the recognition of my body and the constant adaptation and change.
"I do not know if I can do it or not, but I'm sure that's the way hell will try. & # 39; & # 39;
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