Justin Verlander won't regret his 2019 season if it leads to the second Cy Young Award of his career. And there's a strong likelihood that it will.
All of the home runs will be a shame, though.
The Houston Astros' ace right-hander has given up a whopping 29 homers through his first 25 starts. That's tied with Yusei Kikuchi and J.A. Happ for the most in the American League, and it puts him one shy of his single-season high.
There's otherwise little to nitpick with Verlander's 2019 campaign.
The eight-time All-Star leads the AL in wins (15), ERA (2.82), innings pitched (162.2) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (6.38). And despite the home runs, he also leads his fellow AL hurlers in both actual wOBA (0.257) and expected wOBA (0.255) allowed.
Hence, Verlander is likely to capture his first AL Cy Young Award since he won both the Cy Young and the MVP with the Detroit Tigers in 2011. His case for the award might not be flawless, but it's marked by overwhelming excellence.