Well, this is more like it
Still, some of us wanted more. Some of us watched this guy throwing high-90s heat, and we wondered why he was striking out only six batters per nine innings. Clearly, he could do better than that. And we know that the single most important marker for a young pitcher is strikeouts. The more the better.
This season he pushed that rate up some, from 6.0 to 6.7 strikeouts per nine innings. And he still has that amazing stuff. But when's the last time you heard Justin Verlander's name? Last November, when he won his award? This season I've heard about Santana, and Haren, and Sabathia, and Beckett, and Gaudin. Gaudin!