It may be early to speculate on the AL Cy Young race, but I would say it is safe to say that Justin Verlander is the presumptive favorite for that award going into the break. I would also say that Jered Weaver might actually be better and more deserving.
But that doesn't really matter, because Dan Haren was going toe-to-toe with Verlander tonight, and he might have just rocketed his name into the Cy Young conversation as well.
Oh sure, Haren doesn't have that shiny no-hitter on his resume, but after his sterling effort tonight, he does have a one-hitter and now a two-hitter to his credit so far this year. The fact that he spun his gem against Verlander, who was just as on top of his game as Haren was, should only enhance Haren's accomplishment. It is one thing to throw a shutout when you have a six-run lead, but it is quite another to do it with just a one-run margin of error.
Of course, despite his continued great season and now this specatular start, Haren isn't on the All-Star team and may not get added as an injury replacement since he is going to pitch on Sunday and thus end up being ineligible to pitch, so I worry that Ron Washington will just snub him altogether.