Verlander is on pace to go 19-12 with a 3.74 ERA and 249 strikeouts this season.
The courses it is played on tend to be true American classics.
Victor Martinez – He has a tremendous track record as a clutch hitter, but there is a possibility sitting out all of last season and age (34) has caught up to Martinez.
The Red Wings have the Big 3 in Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk and Jimmy Howard.
The Blackhawks are exceptionally talented overall, and they have been knocked on their collective heels by the Red Wings in the first three games of a Western Conference semifinal Stanley Cup playoff series.
Jonathan Quick, goalie, Los Angeles Kings
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As good as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews are for the Blackhawks, Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg might be better for the Red Wings.
Omar Infante – Infante is a solid hitter with a relatively live bat, who has far better range defensively than most major league second basemen.
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk must get on the score sheet.
1. Don’t take an offensive player in the first round – The Lions have taken 14 offensive players, and just four defensive players, in the first round of the NFL Draft since 1999.