Max Scherzer put together a season that will likely end with him winning the Cy Young Award. Anibal Sanchez had the lowest ERA in the American League during the regular season and will appear on some Cy Young ballots.

Detroit Tigers fans were pleased with the season Doug Fister put together. Except for a handful of outings in which he was rocked Rick Porcello put together a solid season and a very good second half.

But Justin Verlander? Based on the reaction of some fans you would think he was a Triple-A journeyman who was throwing with the wrong arm.

Verlander had an ordinary season based on the numbers. But it was anything but ordinary.

Verlander went 13-12 with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP -- his worst numbers since 2008 when he went 11-17 with a 4.84 ERA. His 2013 season certainly didn't stack up with 2011 when he went 24-5 with a 2.40 ERA and won AL Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards. It didn't come close to 2012 when Verlander went 17-8 with a 2.64 ERA.

But it's not how you start it's how you finished. Verlander is finishing strong.

Some Tigers fans had some pretty silly things to say about Verlander. They speculated that he lost his edge after signing a big contract in the offseason. But Verlander is as competitive as they come. The fact that he wasn't the best -- not only in the majors but on his team -- drove him more than he would ever admit. Verlander wants to be the best. He hasn't gone soft.