For a little while there was a question who was the best pitcher in the American League, but that has all been sorted out. Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander is head and shoulders better than everyone else. Verlander has a 24-5 record and has won 12 straight decisions. He is one of the main reasons the Detroit Tigers are in the conversation about teams that could be in the World Series. He became the first pitcher to win 12 straight starts since Minnesota's Johan Santana in 2004, according to STATS LLC. Verlander has a 2.28 ERA with 91 strikeouts in 87 innings over his streak.
Verlander has the most wins in a major league season since Arizona's Randy Johnson in 2002. With another victory, he would become the winningest pitcher in a season since Oakland's Bob Welch went 27-6 in 1990. What's next for the Tiger's ace? He would like to play the first playoff series in front of the home fans. The way he is pitching he may play a lot of games in front of the home fans.