#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.