As I watched Verlander this year it was hard to imagine him not winning the Cy Young. And as the year went on, the MVP talk began to get louder. I watched him throw 100+ mph fastballs past hitters...in the 9th inning. He had a season that we do not see very often, and it should be celebrated and acknowledged. Most of the year, it looked as though Granderson and Ellsbury would be fighting for the award, but with a cold September for Granderson, and a dipping batting average, he seemed to lose some ground. Ellsbury was not helped by the monumental collapse of the Red Sox in September, even though he continued to hit well. Verlander however, led his team to the division title, and in the midst of the season, rolled off a 12 game winning streak.
I have no problem with a pitcher winning the award, although they only take the ball every fifth day. If they put up numbers like Verlander did, then it is extremely hard to discount the fact that he is not an everyday player. He was just as important to his team than any player in baseball, and that is what the award is all about. No matter how impressive his numbers were this year, they still do relay how dominant he was this year. If I did not watch his performances, then I might have another opinion on him winning the award, but watching the unbelievable strength he had, and his ability to gain velocity as the game went deeper, make his numbers that much more impressive. Verlander compiled a season that will be talked about for a long time and deserves the awards.