Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com reports that Justin Verlander will be named the starting pitcher for the American League in the All-Star Game. That will mark another accolade in a year of big ones for the Tigers' ace, who is reigning AL MVP and AL Cy Young Award winner as well. The news will reportedly be announced during a press conference Monday.
Verlander, 29, likely would have been the AL starter last season, but he was ineligible to pitch because he started for the Detroit Tigers on the final Sunday before the All-Star break. This year, there are no such complications.
It's a nice acknowledgment that Verlander is again putting up a Cy Young worthy performance this year even as his numbers, relatively speaking, lag behind. Unsurprisingly, when conversation turns to the most "Verlander" moments of the year a loss frequently comes to mind. That game, the Indians were leading the Tigers, 2-1, as he came back out for the eighth inning. Verlander cut through the opposition in 11 pitches. Strikeout swinging, strikeout swinging, strikeout looking. His 116th pitch of the day was a 101.5 mph fastball. The Tigers' offense failed to score, tagging JV with the complete game loss.
At the break, Verlander is 9-5 with a 2.58 ERA.