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Max Scherzer has been near perfect through his first 20 starts, notching a 19-1 record and on the brink of becoming the first pitcher since Roger Clemons in 2001 to start the season 20-1. But does Scherzer's record mean he's a better pitcher than the MLB ERA leader Clayton Kershaw? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Baseball's best pitchers

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon

Athletics
14-5, 2.97 ERA

Patrick Corbin

Patrick Corbin

Diamondbacks
13-4, 2.79 ERA

Yu Darvish

Yu Darvish

Rangers
12-5, 2.68 ERA

Jorge De La Rosa

Jorge De La Rosa

Rockies
14-6, 3.28 ERA

Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez

Marlins
10-5, 2.30 ERA

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke

Dodgers
13-3, 2.86 ERA

Matt Harvey

Matt Harvey

Mets
9-5, 2.27 ERA

Felix Hernandez

Felix Hernandez

Mariners
12-8, 2.97 ERA

Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers
13-8, 1.72 ERA

Hiroki Kuroda

Hiroki Kuroda

Yankees
11-10, 2.89 ERA

Cliff Lee

Cliff Lee

Phillies
11-6, 3.07 ERA

Francisco Liriano

Francisco Liriano

Pirates
14-6, 2.74 ERA

Mike Minor

Mike Minor

Braves
13-5, 2.99 ERA

David Price

David Price

Rays
8-5, 3.28 ERA

Chris Sale

Chris Sale

White Sox
10-12, 2.99 ERA

Anibal Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez

Tigers
11-7, 2.61 ERA

Max Scherzer

Max Scherzer

Tigers
19-1, 2.73 ERA

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander

Tigers
12-10, 3.73 ERA

Adam Wainwright

Adam Wainwright

Cardinals
15-8, 2.96 ERA

Jordan Zimmerman

Jordan Zimmerman

Nationals
15-7, 3.32 ERA

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Will Verlander bounce back?

A rough outing Tuesday night capped a miserable August for Justin Verlander, as he dropped to 12-10 with a 3.73 ERA. More troubling? He's winless in his past four starts and the Tigers are 13-15 in games he's started. But there's good news: With the Tigers a near-lock for the playoffs, Verlander has time to figure things out. And the stats show he's done it before: Verlander is 9-4 in August the past four seasons, but 13-1 in September in the past three. Will he bounce back in time to help Detroit in the playoffs?

  • Will Justin Verlander bounce back in September?

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  • How concerned should the Tigers be about Justin Verlander's recent struggles?

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  • Assuming Max Scherzer (19-1, 2.73 ERA) would be the Tigers' first starter in the playoffs, who would you pitch second?

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  • Given Justin Verlander's recent struggles, do you still consider him an elite pitcher?

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Justin Verlander rocked again

Watch out, Detroit Tigers fans. In addition to Miguel Cabrera's nagging injury -- he's missed three straight games with a hurt left hip flexor -- Justin Verlander continued his confounding season on Thursday, giving up seven runs on 11 hits in six innings in a 7-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox. Now, the Tigers are far from doomed; they're still three games up on Cleveland in the AL Central. But one must wonder if something isn't amiss with the 2011 American League MVP.

Justin Verlander has allowed 12 ER in 11.2 innings since the All-Star break. How worried should Tigers fans be?

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  • Will the Tigers win a World Series in the next five seasons?

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  • Which Tigers pitcher would you rather have on your team long term?

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  • How far will the Tigers go this season?

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  • Will Justin Verlander challenge for the Cy Young Award again?

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Yu Darvish vs. Justin Verlander

Yu Darvish and Justin Verlander will face off on Thursday as the Rangers host the Tigers. Both pitchers have excelled this season, with Verlander sporting a miniscule ERA and Darvish coming within one out of throwing a perfect game. Who will prevail when these two pitching titans face off? Could this matchup be a playoff preview?

Which team will win Thursday's game in Arlington?

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  • Who is more likely to win the AL Cy Young award this season?

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  • Which team would win a seven-game series on a neutral field?

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  • Will Yu Darvish ever throw a no-hitter?

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  • How many combined earned runs will Justin Verlander and Yu Darvish allow on Wednesday?

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