Verlander to the pen?

Earlier this week, my colleague Doug Mittler posed the intriguing question: "Who will be this year's 'playoff Lincecum?'" He mentioned Rick Porcello among the candidates, but on Friday someone else mentioned Justin Verlander, which would have been absolutely unthinkable a year ago at this time when the Tigers' ace notched a 2.64 ERA and won 17 games.