Laying out the AL Cy Young case for Verlander

The Astros right-hander "got his work in" against the Orioles, but there is still a lot on the line.

On Thursday night, Justin Verlander wasn't as unhittable as he had been in his first game after coming off the injured list.

Verlander simply needs to be Verlander. No limitations. No danger of injury. entire throttle

After suffering a 2-0 setback to the Orioles on a breezy fall night at Camden Yards, Houston is confident that's the case once more.

Verlander increased his pitch count to return to the norm (93 pitches, 70 strikes)

He completed his work, according to manager Dusty Baker. "We're quite happy. On a typical night, that's sufficient for us to triumph.