After winning a league-high 24 starts, it’s no surprise to see Detroit Tigers‘ RHP Justin Verlander named the 2011 American league Cy Young Award winner. Dominating his opponents, Justin Verlander went for the pitchers version of the “Triple Crown” with 250 K’s, a 2.40 ERA and a 24-5 overall record. By far the most complete season of his career, Verlander has also become a strong candidate for the American league MVP Award.
Covering Eastbay’s latest issue of Fielder’s Choice, Justin Verlander is one of the top athletes to wear Reebok baseball cleats on the diamond. The 2011 AL Cy Young Award winner is also featured over at Eastbay’s Athlete Resource Center, where he shares everything from advice for student athletes, to how he deals with the pressure of expectations.
Below, enjoy an exclusive interview with Eastbay and be sure to head over to our Athlete Resource Center to learn more about 2011 Al Cy Young Award winner, Justin Verlander.
Justin Verlander has been nearly unhittable with his Rawlings glove and Reebok cleats.
words // Nick Engvall
While the New York Yankees have had a couple of rough series with their East Division rivals the Boston Red Sox as of late, and like many teams, a number of untimely injuries like Derek Jeter’s, the Detroit Tigers have had just the opposite luck. Detroit has gone on quite a tear in the past couple weeks, catapulting themselves into first place past in the Central Division, surpassing the Cleveland Indians behind superb pitching from starters like Justin Verlander.
Verlander carried a no-hitter late into the game for the third time this season. The first time resulted in his second career no-hitter in early May, the second and third of this season have helped him establish an 8-3 record with a 2.66 ERA.
Other players spotted in this week’s MLB Watch coverage include Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Ryan Howard and more.