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Detroit Tigers Dreaming Big: Top 10 Wish List for 2017

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Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a double in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a double in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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May 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) waves to the crowd as he walks off the field after the fourth inning where he recorded his 2000th strike out on the last out of the inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
May 18, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander (35) waves to the crowd as he walks off the field after the fourth inning where he recorded his 2000th strike out on the last out of the inning against the Minnesota Twins at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

#2: Justin Verlander Pitches Another Cy Young Season

But, this time, he wins it. In 2016, Verlander has a season for the ages. After two seasons of mediocre pitching and recovering from a pair of injuries, Verlander proved that age is just a number. He finished the season with the lowest WHIP in the America League and the most strikeouts. Verlander even reached fastball velocities that no one ever thought he could throw at age 33.

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He pitched his heart out and led the Tigers to a respectable spot in the AL Central. Unfortunately, he did not get the award that he deserved: the 2016 AL Cy Young. Instead, it went to his former teammate, Rick Porcello, who only won by 2% of the votes. In fact, Verlander actually earned more first-place votes than Porcello, but not enough overall to take the crown.

My wish for 2017 is that he pitches even better than he did in 2016 and he gets that second Cy Young. It could happen. Really. It could.

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