But to get to October there is still, among some other series, 25 more games against the AL Central. That's a lot of nail-biters against the formidable Twins and White Sox, not to mention the pesky Indians and Royals. Verlander's divisional numbers, in nine starts: 7-1 (three complete games) with a 1.98 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 66 1/3 innings.
There are legitimate No. 1 starters, like Kevin Millwood and James Shields, but aces like Verlander, Buehrle, and Zack Greinke legitimately change momentum. It'll be a hell of a final month and a half.