Key Stats: Justin Verlander had the most strikeouts, innings, wins, and best WHIP among qualifying starting pitchers last season. That along with the third best ERA made him the best starting pitcher in all of fantasy baseball last season, and is good enough in these rankings to make him the top pitcher again heading into this season.
Skeptics Say: Month to month, Verlander never seriously struggled. The highest WHIP he had in any month was 1.10 in August (by comparison the 30th ranked starting pitcher at Mock Draft Central, Gio Gonzalez, could only muster a 1.14 WHIP in his best month). That said, Verlander did not look like the first pitcher to be named an MVP in two decades last October. He had an ERA in the fives as he faced tough competition in high stress games. He could have been worn out from a heavy workload on a team that needed every out he helped them get last season. The 271 combined innings that Verlander threw was almost 50 more than he fired in 2010. no comments