Justin Verlander: Stud to Dud
How can a pitcher go from top of the world to the dumpster in less than a year. Well, ask Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander. Last year, Verlander went 18-6 with over 200 innings pitched and 183 strikeouts and a 3.66 era. This year, Verlander is 2-8 with an era over 5. He hasn’t won on the road yet. His losses have come against teams like the Royals, Twins, Mariners, and White Sox. I guess I’m a little more agitated because I drafted this guy as my ace on my fantasy league. It’s not like the Tigers offense got worse from last year. They added 3b phenom Miguel Cabrera from the Marlins, along with Sheffield, Renteria, Granderson, Ordonez, and Pudge, there’s no reason for this guy to not be putting up monster numbers. Merchanics, shmechanics, this guy better shape up before he finds himself ont he free agent list…in my league of course. I’m pretty sure the Tigers front office has a little more patience than Yahoo’s Bea Arthur League III.
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