Just thought I should add some more early season speclation to the mix and pose a question.
Will Verlander be as effective in 2012 as he was in his MVP/Cy Young winning 2011 season? And if so, will he win the MVP again?
Obviously voters are willing to hand the MVP over to a pitcher, especially when there is no clear cut hitter who should win. But would they give it to a pitcher 2 years running? Especially the same pitcher?
Verlander was quite impressive last year with a league leading 24 wins, 2.40 ERA and 250+ IP with a sub-1.000 WHIP.
And he is off to a good start so far this season, though it is only 2 starts in for him. He as of this posting has yet to give up a run and is just being his usual dominant self.