Verlander is once again in the middle of a tremendous season, but the AL Cy Young race isn't nearly as cut-and-dry as it was last year; Verlander has some serious competition.
Jered Weaver is right in the thick of things. He leads the AL in wins with 15, and he also has the league's top ERA and top WHIP. The no-hitter he pitched in May looms large on his Cy Young resume.
Felix Hernandez, the 2010 AL Cy Young winner, is also right in the thick of things. He's among the league leaders in virtually every pitching category, and he's only getting better and better as the season moves along.
Also in the thick of the race are Chris Sale and David Price, two of the best lefties in baseball.