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2011 Justin Verlander Triple Crown Watch: He Takes The Lead!

Jered Weaver picked up his 16th win of the season last night, but he gave up six runs in five innings along the way, dropping his once A.L. leading 2.28 ERA to 2.49. That means Justin Verlander now tops the A.L. in all three of the pitching Triple Crown categories (Wins, ERA, Strikeouts).

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As I noted in the last Triple Crown watch, a Detroit Tigers pitcher has won the Triple Crown just once (Hal Newhouser in 1945) and the feat has only been done 15 times by just nine different pitchers, starting with Cy Young in 1901. 

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Here's how the Triple Crown categories stand right now: 

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WINS: 

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1. Justin Verlander - 21
2. CC Sabathia - 18
3. Jered Weaver - 16
4. Ivan Nova - 15
5. (2 tied with 14) 

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ERA: 

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1. Justin Verlander - 2.34
2. Jered Weaver - 2.49
3. Josh Becket - 2.54
4. James Shields - 2.84
5. Justin Masterson - 2.92

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STRIKEOUTS: 

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1. Justin Verlander - 224
2. Felix Hernandez - 204
3. CC Sabathia - 201
4. James Shields - 199
5. David Price - 195

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