Verlander makes his MVP argument
Just because Justin Verlander doesn’t want to diminish his AL Cy Young award by focusing on MVP, doesn’t mean he doesn’t want it.
MVP voting wrapped up a month and a half ago, but if Verlander is asked whether he believes pitchers should be eligible for MVP, he isn’t going to hold back his opinion. It came up Tuesday in his Cy Young conference call with reporters, and his answer was similar to what he gave MLB Network a couple weeks ago.
“Pitchers are on the ballot. We are players,” Verlander said. I’ve talked about it. Two arguments: One is the rmendous effect that we have on the day of our game. If we have a bad day, 95 percent of the time we’re gonna lose. If we have a good day, 85-90 percent of the time we’re gonna win. You save the bullpen the day after, the day of.”
The flip side of that, Verlander argues, is that a player can have a three-homer game in defeat, easily.
The other argument he made is that the criteria for Cy Young consideration has changed as well, from the most valuable pitcher to the best pitcher.
“For me, the trend recently for the Cy Young has gone to the best statistical pitcher,” Verlander said. “And for me, I think that bolsters the case for the MVP. Now, it’s not the most valuable pitcher. It’s the best statistical pitcher, which is a totally different thing. And like I said, that bolsters the case [for pitchers as MVP].”
Manager Jim Leyland took up his case again as well, though he didn’t have a conference call as a forum.